Medical Billing and Coding Careers, Flexibilty and Satisfaction

Job opportunities don’t always align with job satisfaction. Today job seekers are not only interested in making a higher wage, more and more people want to be happy with the work they have chosen, in lieu of and ahead of the bigger paycheck. Health care careers off a plethora of opportunities for both.

The list of priorities for many people today when it comes to employment may vary from time to time, however most people will put the need to believe their position and work have value close to the top of their list. Not far behind is flexibility in hours and work environment. A career in Medical Billing and Coding fits the bill perfectly.

Health care costs have literally soared beyond the reach of many people. Physician’s expenses have paralleled that increase. The need for accurate, detailed billing reports and processes has a made this career choice very popular and in high demand. Billing experts submit and track all insurance claims and make sure insurance companies reimburse the health care provider. In other words this is how the health care industry gets paid, making this careers very important.

A career in medical billing and coding will require some formal training. The potential candidate should be detail oriented and possess a measure of people skills, as patient interaction will be frequent. However his or her employer will treasure a competent medical billing expert. Online course and community colleges offer a wide variety of courses to help in your training. Continuing Education will be required as codes often change and procedures are ever evolving.

There are a great number of clinics and physician’s offices that are allowing medical billing and coders to work from home, making it an ideal choice for stay at home mothers and fathers.

The pay scales for medical billing specialists can vary from state to state and office to office. However you can expect a starting salary of $ 35,000.00 depending on your training and experience. Once qualified and trained, the medical billing career candidate will not have any trouble finding employment. Many training facilities offer job placement opportunities.

Top Ten Considerations in Career Choices (Part 1)

People often dream about the perfect job or career. There is no perfect job. Some jobs pay more than others. The working conditions is some careers appear to be better than in other careers. All careers look better from outside.

What should be considered in a career choice?

1. Do you enjoy the work?

2. Do you have the aptitude for the work?

3. Have you had a chance to experience the work before committing to training and the eventual career?

4. Does the work provide enough variety?

5. Is the work challenging and rewarding?

6. Is the work too challenging?

7. Is there a high rate of burn-out in the chosen field?

8. Do you feel you are providing a vital service or product, of just punching the clock, and biding you time?

9. Is there a demand now and a projected trend for the work?

10. Do the benefits and compensation outweigh the liabilities?

These questions should be considered carefully, as an average career from age 21 to 65, is 44 years. Multiply that by 50 weeks a year for 2,200 weeks. Then multiply 40 hours a week by 22,000 and you have given 88,000 hours of your life to working.

Let’s look at the ultimate example of “dream” jobs. There are several people who would love to be president of the United States. Young children envision themselves and aspire to be president. There is prestige and glamor. The popular image projected by the media is – “The most powerful person in the world.”

What does a person give up to be president? First, there is the lengthy and expensive campaign. Whether you are successful in your attempt or not, you see the press and public scrutinize every word you utter and give an account into their deep understanding of your motives.

You lose any semblance of privacy or personal safety for you and your family. You work long hours and are on call for a world crisis or potential crisis 24/7. You age several years for every year you are in office.

People think how great it would be to be a professional athlete, but there are trade-offs. You lose privacy and your career is relatively short. Some people think about being an attorney, a doctor, or a teacher. There is no perfect job.

Some jobs to consider are jobs in Information Technology. If you choose to work in Internet marketing, such as hosting your own web page, marketing web sites for others, becoming a social media manager, providing link building services, producing and distributing videos, or a combination of all of these areas – there is an increasing demand. The training is minimal and you can choose your niche.

Part 2 of Ten Top Things to Consider in Career Choices will include some more about career choice in “the professions” and some considerations for adapting to the Information Age. It is not going away any time soon.