Career Details

Medical Coder

Career Overview

A medical coder looks at medical charts to determine exactly what a doctor did with a patient. Then he/she determines which codes must be turned in to insurance companies so the doctor gets paid.


Completing a two-year college program in health information management or a related field is likely required to work in this field. A four-year bachelor’s degree in a related field will make an individual that much more competitive during the job search.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Health
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Medical coders typically work in hospitals, doctor's offices, and nursing care facilities.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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