If you're interested in working in healthcare but feel you are more suited for an office than an operating room, a career in medical billing may be perfect for you. Medical coding and billing specialists help keep doctors' offices running smoothly by coordinating billing and reimbursement. If you have an eye for details, strong communication skills, and are computer-savvy, consider enrolling in an online education program and earning your associate degree in medical billing.
Once you have completed your associate degree, you should be able to become certified as a Registered Health Information Technician. Typical coursework for a degree in medical billing includes:
- Medical terminology
- Legal aspects of health information
- Health data standards
- Coding and analysis of data
- Computer science
Jobs in medical billing are expected to grow over the next decade, with certification in medical coding being a particularly desirable qualification. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical records technicians earn a median annual wage of $30,610.