You can pursue a range of career options in the emerging field of health informatics. Evidence of this field’s high rate of growth includes the following:
- The job site CareerBuilder.com has named health informatics the number-one emerging job opportunity in the healthcare industry.*
- Estimates based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education predict a significant shortfall over the next 5 years of the qualified health information technology workers that will be required to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they adopt new electronic healthcare systems.†
- According to the American Medical Informatics Association, some 70,000 health information professionals will be needed to reach the goals outlined in the HITECH Act.‡
Gain the knowledge and skills to work with professionals who manage information technology at the place where healthcare and technology converge. Make significant contributions to improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility of healthcare. Depending on experience, your career options may include:
- Systems analyst
- Implementation specialist
- Project manager
- Application specialist
- Chief medical information officer
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
*Peter Yellowlees, “Jobs in Health Informatics Are Becoming Plentiful,” on the Internet at http://ezinearticles.com/?Jobs-in-Health-Informatics-Are-Becoming-Plentiful&id=3046329 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).
†U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HITECH Priority Grants Program: Health IT Workforce Development Program, on the Internet at http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&objlD=1432&mmode=2 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).
‡Peter Yellowlees, “Health Informatics Specialists Are Key to the Obama Health Information Technology Policy,” on the Internet at http://ezinearticles.com/?Health-Informatics-Specialists-Are-Key-to-the-Obama-Health-Information-Technology-Policy&id=2228317 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).