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While the economy remains tough for so many other professions, the demand for qualified medical coders and billers is on a steady rise.
Medical coding jobs open and close daily—just read the wanted ads in your daily newspaper, or check job websites like MonsterJobs or Indeed.com and you will see ad after ad for medical coding positions needing to be filled. Despite the present bad economy with high unemployment rate jobs in medical and healthcare services continue to thrive. Medical office software engineers, web designers, book publishers, medical coding and billing software vendors, schools and colleges are heeding the call in response to the demand. As an aspiring new medical coder you must be wondering:
"Are medical coders needed? Is this a good time to start my medical coding career? How do I find the best medical coding training without being scammed?"
While everybody is heeding the call and many want a piece of the pie, fact is: the healthcare industry is consistently seeking qualified medical coders not just for hospitals, but also medical clinics, health insurance agencies and local, State and Federal Government agencies like Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, etc. There are over 819,000 practicing physicians in the USA alone in need of medical billers and coders.
There currently are over 819,000 physicians and surgeons, 2.4 million registered nurses, 77,000 occupational therapists, 182,000 physical therapists, 94,000 respiratory therapists and thousands of other allied health professionals in America's hospitals in need of medical coding and medical billers to get paid for their services provided to their patients.
The government issued its September 2011 jobs report on Friday. Last month's report by the Department of Labor included several positive signs, among them that the average workweek rose to 34.3 hours from 34.2 hours, reversing a decline in August. Economists estimate that employers added 56,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.1 percent for the third straight month. On a positive note, the ISM's employment index for the manufacturing sector rose, suggesting factories added jobs last month, however manufacturing accounts for only about 10 percent of U.S. employment and can't boost hiring by much on its own. Several strongly performing industries continued to lead in job growth. Professional and business services added 48,000 jobs, while healthcare added 41,000. The average hourly earnings jumped to $23.12 from $22.08.