Medical Coding School Graduates Searching for Jobs

Searching for a job, and not landing a desired position fast enough, can be a painful experience. Here are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of success. 

In our very active Web forum for medical billers we often hear from a surprising number of medical coding and billing school graduates who are not able to find a job upon graduation. Many of them are getting frustrated quickly since they have a family to support and bills are pressing. After all, they went back to school to make money! Searching for a job, and not landing a desired position fast enough, can be a painful experience. Here are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of success.
One visitor posted to our Medical Billing Community forum on: January 18, 2011, 12:02:59 AM:

"What is the job outlook as far as working as a medical biller?"

The best answer was posted by Steve: "That all depends on where you are. Just looking for a job took me 3 years and I have 39 years of experience and more initials after my name that the letter board above the chalkboard. I had to take 3 preemployment tests before any interview. Everything depends on what is opened where you are and if a doctor will hire you let alone trust you with his business. I just met with 4 doctors this past month; all fired their coders and billers due to loss of practice revenue due to their inability to properly file and follow up on claims…  but, it's like a baseball game.  You can have 3 quick strikeouts in an inning, or 100 homeruns, or it can be a lush tropical paradise or a desert with tumbleweeds.  In other words, one never knows unless one investigates their individual area and what each doctor wants.  I can only tell you about my area and its a desert. Even Walmart isn't hiring here."
There you have it! Straight from the expert's mouth! A forum is an excellent platform to discuss issues and concerns and network with others already working in the field, however, just sounding-off and doing little else will not solve the problem, which is finding a job to pay off student loans and pay the bills.

Qualified Medical Billers and Coders Searching for a Job

Finding a job should be approached like working a full-time job, because in so many ways, it is. If you had a job, you would report to work at the same time each day early in the morning, take an hour for lunch, and quit at the same time in the afternoon. You would work five days every week and you would work hard to accomplish as much as you could because your career depended upon it. When you are searching for a job, you should follow the same schedule; your future depends upon it.
So, begin tomorrow by reporting to work and spending the day on tasks that lead to landing a job. You should apply all of the tools and skills available, since landing your first medical assistant job is an important project. The sooner you complete it, the sooner you will hold your first medical assistant pay check.

Job Search Tip: Be Creative, Systematic and Persistent

Be creative, go about it methodically and stick to a system. 
1. Set goals for yourself
2. make plans
3. monitor your progress
It might sound a little odd, but pretend to be your own boss. Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, provide direction, and monitor your work. 
"Meet" with yourself once each week to evaluate your performance. I recommend doing this in writing, such as in a simple journal. Make a candid evaluation of what you have accomplished during the previous week, write an evaluation of what you have done so far, describe the results this effort has produced and compare these results with what you wanted to accomplish.
Next, refine your plans for the coming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities. Next, map out a realistic plan for the next week based on achievable goals. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend, and the research you will conduct.
In the coming weeks, compare the results from the previous week with the goals that you have set. For example, if you planned to send out twenty resumes and you mailed only two, you should:
a) explain why this happened
b) plan actions to correct the short-fall
You should also analyze why you missed your goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently, for example, your goal may have been set too high, or maybe there are things you can do that will make it easier to achieve your job search goals, such as car pooling with a friend who is also looking for a job. Check this list of daily updated jobs for  medical billers straight from the

Are Medical Coders Truly In Demand – Or Is It Just Hype?

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 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.

Healthcare Adds 41,000 Jobs

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.