Medical Coder

What Does A Medical Coder Do?

A coding specialist 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.

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How Do I Become A Medical Coder?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Medical Coder?

High – 68,000
Median – 42,000
Low – 23,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Medical Coder?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Health
  • Biology

What Is The Work Environment For A Medical Coder?

Coding specialists typically work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and nursing care facilities.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Medical Coder?

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


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Medical Coder?