The number of available health information management jobs in the nation will increase by 41,100 between 2012 and 2022, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In its latest analysis of data on the medical records and health information technicians field, the bureau says the industry had 186,300 such jobs in 2012 and those positions will increase by 22 percent by 2022. The median annual salary was $34,160 in May 2012.

Healthcare sectors employing the most HIM professionals in 2012 include general medical and surgical hospitals (37 percent), physician offices (22 percent), nursing and residential care facilities (9 percent) and government (5 percent).

The bureau has published a summary of its findings that includes information on the duties of HIM professionals, educational requirements, additional necessary skills, desirable or required licenses/certifications/registrations, and advancement opportunities.

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