Many higher education students pursue careers in health information technology

More college grads enter the health information technology field than any other discipline, according to a new study.
More college grads enter the health information technology field than any other discipline, according to a new study.

According to a new study by the University of California at San Diego, the most popular field for this year's college graduates is health information technology.

Many of these students are searching for jobs as health information technicians, who are responsible for organizing medical records and making sure that charts are accurate and complete. Since the federal government began offering incentives for healthcare facilities that switch to electronic health and medical records, more institutions require the assistance of these information technology professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that many of these individuals have associate's degrees as well as Registered Health Information Technician credentials.

While pursing an associate's to work in this industry, many students study subjects such as medical terminology, health data requirements, clinical classification, data analysis, anatomy and physiology, the BLS states.

Individuals who want to earn associate's degrees in order to land a job in the health information technology field can find programs in the discipline at schools like Penn Foster College, DeVry University, Dakota State University and Pennsylvania College of Technology, according to their websites.

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