Career Outlook

Fueled by general growth in the health care sector, demand for health services management professionals is on the rise. In fact, health services management is one of the fastest-growing career fields today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for medical and health services managers, which includes jobs for health informatics and health information management professionals, will grow by 17 percent between 2014 and 2024.

With the explosion in health care data, health informatics and information management have become increasingly important to population health management and information exchange. "As health information technology (HIT) gains broader adoption, health care providers will increasingly rely on health information professionals for health information and HIT systems," reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012.

A Variety of Careers

Graduates of the Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management program are prepared to advance to senior leadership positions in areas such as compliance and risk management, informatics and data analytics, information technology and health records. Over 60 percent of recent MHIHIM grads reported earning promotions or taking new positions since starting the program. Roles of graduates might include:

  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Regional director of health information management
  • Director of risk management
  • Vice president of revenue cycle management
  • Chief compliance officer
  • Chief data officer
  • Senior project director (electronic health record systems, information systems development)
  • Consultant (compliance, applied informatics, analytics)
  • Privacy officer
  • Business intelligence analyst

Here is just a sampling of recent job placements for MHIHIM graduates:

  • Health IT Operations Manager, Sound Mental Health
  • Health Informatics & Metrics Coordinator, SeaMar Community Health
  • IT Program Director, CHI Prominence Health
  • Meaningful Use Associate Advisor, Purdue Health Advisors
  • Privacy Analyst, Providence Health & Services
  • Senior Project Manager, Providence Health & Services

Strong Earning Potential

Jobs in health information management are well compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for medical and health services managers was nearly $94,500 in 2015. The top 10 percent of these managers earned more than $165,000 per year.

Salaries vary depending on the level of responsibility and the type and size of the health care setting. For instance, AHIMA projects the following average salaries:

  • Chief technology officer – $143,163
  • Chief compliance officer – $95,313
  • Consultant – $94,360
  • Director of risk management – $81,710
  • Privacy officer – $77,358