Here is a list of the top ten sites aggregating job opportunities in medical billing and coding. The list is courtesy of www.billingandcoding.com which has a lot of pertinent resources for those in possession of a certificate in medical billing and coding.
AAPC: Visit this web site, which specializes in the business side of health care, including medical billing. Job openings and more resources for medical billers.
Forbes magazine is out with its list of top states for job growth in 2012. Four of the top 5 on the Forbes list of 10 are desert states. Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are numbers one through four. Before you pull up stakes though, pack your freshly minted Allen School Online medical billing and coding certificate and head West, consider this important caveat. All the states on Forbes’ list are so-called “right to work” states. These are states that have instituted laws making it more difficult for unions to organize. As a result, lots of large companies, particularly manufacturers, have made the move into these states to take advantage of lower wage standards in the absence of collective bargaining. This may explain the jump in available positions and new hiring in these states. While medical billing and coding jobs are generally not candidates for unionized workforces (except maybe in large healthcare organizations), it is worth noting that workers “right to work” states generally suffer lower overall earning power than their counterparts in other states. So unless you’re super fond of painted desert landscapes, native American artwork and motifs or warm winter months, you may be better off staying coastal. After all both Oregon and Georgia made the list too!
So this isn’t going to be the tired old “Dress for Success, Write a Thank You Letter, Make Eye Contact” kind of post about how to land the job. The net is jam packed full of old, tired advice on what it takes to turn the job interview into a salary. As many may have already found, what was useful even 10 years ago is no longer relevant given the radically different (read: exceedingly tough) job market. Monster.com recently published a piece with what seems to be some very astute recommendations regarding what is needed to help a candidate succeed in the interview. And it has nothing to do with clothing or how to turn “your top three weaknesses into strengths”. The 5 fresh tactics are:
Using a Human Voice
Knowing Your Value
Click here to read the article at Monster for the details on what these suggestions involve. Then go out and get ’em!
OK, so I cannot say that Medical Billing and Coding made the list, but a recently published list of the Top 10 college majors with the lowest unemployment rates after graduation contained no fewer than 3 medically-related fields. The list put out by Liz Godwin at the Lookout was mirrored by recent research performed by the Wall Street Journal showing that majors in the following job fields all enjoy between 0-2% unemployment rates:
Majors and their unemployment rate:
1. Actuarial Science—0 percent
2. Astronomy and Astrophysics—0 percent
3. Educational Administration and Supervision—0 percent
4. Geological and Geophysical Engineering—0 percent
5. Pharmacology—0 percent
6. School Student Counseling—0 percent
7. Agricultural Economics—1.3 percent
8. Medical Technologies Technicians—1.4 percent
9.Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology—1.6 percent
10. Environmental Engineering, Nursing, and Nuclear Industrial Radiology and Biological Technologies—2.2 percent
Click here to read the whole article. If you are trained to work in medical offices as a billing and coding professional, you’re entering a field where there is categorically high employment.
The much ballyhooed takeover of AOL by the Huffington Post has yielded a very comprehensive resource for people seeking new employment. If you’ve recently earned your Medical Billing and Coding certificate from Allen School Online, or if you’re soon to earn yours, you may be apprehensive about the looming job search. It is true that finding gainful employment these days is more challenging than it has been in quite some time. You’ll need any advantage you can come by if you’re to succeed. Luckily, an Allen School certificate is one such advantage. But it won’t land you the position you want if your resume, interviewing skills and salary negotiation chops are weak. So take a look at the new Huffington Post/AOL Jobs and Career section for the latest and greatest tips and strategies for landing the dream gig. Check back frequently because the content there is update rapidly and there’s always something new and useful to be found.
Every recent report on the economy tells the same story with regard to the employment outlook. For many industries, the outlook remains bleak. Yet, throughout the devastating recession we still endure, the Medical industry continues to show solid, unwavering growth. The imminent retirement of the Baby Boomer generation pretty much guarantees that those in the medical field will continue to be in high demand.
This is a likely reason why you’ve decided to pursue a career in medical billing and coding at the Allen School Online. But do you ever allow yourself to dream a little bigger? The basis of understanding you’ll gain through your training here and subsequent immersion into the offices of doctors, surgeons and hospitals could act as a springboard for an even more intensive career in medicine. Now, it’s not for everyone to aspire to rise up through the ranks from billing specialist to nurse, to nurse practitioner to eventually a medical doctor. Nonetheless, it is not outside the realm of possibility. It is likely that some of our Allen School Online grads will feel compelled to use their training as a springboard into full on medical careers. I know many of you are probably thinking, “well, that couldn’t be me” and “my grades were never strong enough to get into med school”. To you I say, consider Naomi’s story.
Naomi (that’s her in the pic above) is currently enrolled in med school and studying to become a doctor. But, she didn’t start out with that as her career plan in high school or even in college. Yet, at her blog, www.get-into-medicalschool.com she shares her story and tips on how through hard work, perseverance and unshakable belief in yourself, you too could achieve what may seem like an impossible dream. Even as most of you may not be driven to become doctors, I still recommend checking out her blog and gaining some inspiration from her story and her drive to succeed. It almost certainly mirrors your own! And for those of you who may be interested to learn what’s involved in taking this bold step in the future, Naomi’s “how to take the MCAT” page is chock full of great info.
So, CNBC recently published a report listing the top ten most hated jobs based on a survey they took of workers in many fields. You’ll be happy to learn that not a single one of these odious employment opportunities was in the healthcare field. The top 10 worst jobs are:
1. Director, Information Technology
2. Director, Sales and Marketing
3. Product Manager
4. Senior Web Developer
5. Tech Specialist
6. Electronics Technician
7. Law Clerk
8. Tech Support Analyst
9. CNC Machinist
10. Marketing Manager
So, this blogger is happy for all you Allen School Online students who will NOT be entering a hated field. Please feel sorry for me though. I am a marketing director/manager, web developer and product manager for a living. Maybe it is my cheerful natural disposition that keeps me from hating my job.
We all have days when we feel like life’s challenges are just more than we can overcome. If you’re feeling stretched thin, perhaps as you’re trying to train for a job in a new career field. Or maybe you simply struggle to keep studies, work and family responsibilities from falling by the wayside. Whatever your personal struggles, remember that the secret to success is to never give up. Never give in. PERSEVERE!
Consider the story of Brandon Mulnix of Michigan. Mulnix’s jaw was wired shut after injuries he sustained in a car wreck. Yet he was scheduled to run a marathon. A person with less perseverance might have opted to skip the 26 mile run. But not Brandon. He stuck to the task, no matter how large the obstacle in his path and completed the run in spite of his inability to consume solid foods for nutrition and energy.
Kind of puts your struggles into perspective no? Excelsior!
Getting your certification is a wonderful thing, but now it is time to turn your attention and efforts to finding a new position with your newly minted qualifications. With the economy in turmoil and the effects of this volatility on the labor market, the rules of job hunting are changing day to day. What may have been conventional wisdom about how to write a resume, how to handle interviews or how to negotiate compensation is potentially no longer relevant. In many cases, what used to be a strategy for success has become a recipe for failure.
The best way to know what is working (and what is not) in real time is to read the shared experiences of other job seekers who are also currently out there dealing with resumes, human resources, hiring managers, etc. The best job hunting blogs have shared experiences posted daily and that fresh input can be of immense value to the job hunter. I recommend Jobhuntingblogs.org which is a wonderful compilation of the best job hunting blogs out there.
I also like guerrillajobhunting Get a fresh look at what is working for others and you can get ahead in the hunt! Also, share your experiences in the comments below to help fellow Allen School Online students in their search.
The AllHealthCare section of Monster.com compiled a list of the top 10 best cities for people pursuing careers in medical assistant/billing/coding. The list goes into a bit of detail for each city explaining why it made the list. Of course, the most prominent contributing factor is the average pay for workers in the field. But there are many other reasons to live in all of the cities listed. Here are the top five and the average annual salary figures for each.
CITY AVG. PAY
1) Vallejo, CA $45,000
2) Danbury, CT $37,000
3) San Francisco, CA $37,000
4) Salinas, CA $35,000
5) Oakland, CA $34,500
The rest of the list and more detailed information on the above cities can be viewed here.