Studying for a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree can create a range of exciting job opportunities in 2015 and as technology evolves in the future. Discover some of the potential career paths graduates could follow.
Director of Clinical Informatics: Oversee Medical Records Delivery Systems
According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, many of its MSHI graduates work as directors of clinical informatics. These professionals are responsible for ensuring medical records delivery systems work efficiently and are kept current.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not offer specific director of clinical informatics salaries, but as medical and health service managers, these professionals can expect to be paid somewhere between $51,280 and $144,880. As with other advanced degrees, studying for an MSHI degree should help directors of clinical informatics receive higher salaries. Pay also tends to be better in hospitals than physicians’ offices and nursing facilities.
Along with other medical and health services managers, the BLS reports that directors of clinical informatics will experience better than average job growth between 2008 and 2018, with a 16 percent increase over these years.
Health Care Chief Information Officer: Manage Technology Departments
TechTarget states that health care chief information officers oversee the operation of their health care facilities’ technology departments. These professionals decide how their facilities will use digital data, whether they will adopt new technologies, and how those technologies might be used. Consequently, health care chief information officers have a key role in budget decisions.
According to a survey conducted by SSI-SEARCH, 73 percent of health care chief information officers held graduate degrees in 2014, up from 61 percent the year before. This finding suggests that advanced qualifications like the MSHI degree are becoming increasingly important to employers. Notably, health care chief information officers with graduate degrees also had an average annual salary of $286,000, 18 percent more than those without advanced degrees.
Database Analyst: Ensure Health Care Databases Work Correctly
Database analysts, sometimes called database administrators, are responsible for ensuring that databases operate effectively and efficiently. An MSHI degree would give a database analyst the health care knowledge to excel when working with databases used by hospitals or other health care organizations.
According to the Houston Chronicle, most database analysts have at least a bachelor’s degree and assume the position after working for several years in information systems. Gaining an MSHI degree may help database analysts assume this role without any experience in information systems. The degree should also help these professionals earn competitive salaries. The top 10 percent of database analysts earn more than $116,000, according to the BLS.
The BLS also states that the number of database analysts in the United States will rise by 31 percent between 2010 and 2020. This 31 percent growth rate is more than twice as much as the average for other occupations. The health care industry is expected to have one of the strongest demands for database analysts, positioning MSHI-degree graduates to find employment in the future.
With an MSHI degree, you could pursue all of these dynamic and rewarding career paths and many more.
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