Why are employers looking to hire doctors?
Medical coding jobs are rising in demand, according to an analysis of the most popular job listings on the job board Indeed.
The growth in the number of candidates vying for these jobs was a surprise to experts, given that medical coding jobs had historically been relatively scarce.
“Medical coding has been fairly scarce in the past few years,” said Steven Hock, chief executive of Hock Consulting, an information technology consulting company.
“In fact, it was considered one of the more competitive careers in the medical field.”
The surge in medical coding job applications is one of many factors that have led employers to look for candidates in these fields.
Employers are looking to fill positions in the specialty of medical technology, where doctors are more likely to be found.
In recent years, medical coding has grown from a single position in the field to more than 150,000 jobs.
And although the number has been on the rise, it has remained below the 200,000 mark for the past several years.
In 2016, for instance, there were nearly 9,000 medical coding positions in use in the U.S. This year, there are more than 13,000.
Hock also noted that the majority of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and that some employers require a degree to work.
“That’s why you’re seeing a lot more medical coding in the workforce,” Hock said.
“It’s a high-demand specialty, so employers are going after people with a high degree of education.”
Medical coding job listings On Indeed, medical coders are typically looking for work in fields such as health information technology, health technology, and health technology and analytics.
In a separate study by the Institute of Medicine, a non-partisan research group, employers also asked whether the candidates in medical codings had a bachelor of science degree or higher.
The average response was a college degree.
In the first round of data that the Institute conducted in 2015, there was a 1.2 percent difference between those who had a college or a high school diploma and those who did not.
“The data shows that employers have found more medical coding candidates with a bachelor in medical technology,” said Steve Geller, senior vice president for research at the Institute.
“This is especially true when employers are looking for someone with a medical degree.”
The Institute’s report did not look at the jobs posted online, but Geller said that this trend is continuing.
“When you look at job listings online, it’s almost impossible to predict how many candidates are going to be there,” he said.
Medical coding candidates are typically more likely than non-coders to be younger and less likely to have a master’s degree or professional certificate.
Those who are working full-time are also more likely, on average, to be white, to have less than a bachelor degree, to earn less than $50,000 per year, and to have no children.
They are also far more likely in their career to have received a salary that is above $60,000, and have fewer than five years of experience in the job.
The report also showed that employers are seeking medical codgers with at least four years of medical experience.
Hocking said the surge in applicants with medical degrees and professional certificates also shows that more employers are taking note of the specialty.
“We’re seeing more people pursuing the field of medical coding,” he told The Huffington Polling.
“You can expect to see more employers looking for medical codergists in the coming years.”