to this group of medical business "majors" and
careers. These topics are especially meaningful for
those who have an interest in the medical fields,
but prefer the kind of work that doesn't require
direct contact with patients. Some argue that
medical office workers are not really essential
because successful medical treatment is possible
without them (as on the battlefield or most parts
of the world a half century ago). Well, the response
can be quite direct and compelling: Imagine going to
an emergency room for a broken bone and kidney
stone, and telling the receptionist (oops, not
there) about your difficulty, show your medical
insurance card (oops, don't have one), expect
them to keep your medical procedures and
prescriptions straight (ooops, no one to do that)
... you get the idea.
You don't have to be wearing a
bright red cross on your sleeve to show you care
about people who are frightened, worried, and
hurting. You demonstrate your care and
professionalism by engaging an information system
that sometimes seems impossibly complicated; and yet
you face the patients and professionals around you
with confidence and a spirit of service to them.
That's how you will succeed in this
careers. Anything less, and it's just another job.
Learn more about this in the
Career Bits section.
Medical Office Administration
Billing & Coding
Career Bits for
Medical Office Records and Administration
five of these careers require at least an
Associate's degree from an accredited 2-year
community college. Certification is nearly always
required by employers; but anyone who is serious
about making a decent living with one of these jobs
will get the certification. There are hundreds of
places on the Web where you can learn about the
usual stuff such as education requirements, desired
personality traits, pay scales, future outlook for
the occupations. After a while, these places begin
looking like cut-and-paste presentations.
But let's assume you want something
more than a 9-to-5 job, complete with some
vacation time, sick leave, your own cubicle, and
annual raises. If that sounds great, do it. This is
for some of the other kinds of people.
Here are a couple of things you
should understand for the outset. (1) You are
probably aware that it is possible to create a
home-based career from medical transcription and
medical billing & coding. Right? I'm sure some
of you find that prospect very appealing. (2) In the
USA, the medical records business is undergoing a
mandated transformation from paper to digital
records. This means you can be getting in on the
ground floor of what amounts to a new kind of
technology-based career. (3) You have most
likely seen the online chatter about how one
or more of these professions will disappear or
change so much that all your education and
experience will be obsolete.
Next, see if you can set aside all
the negative talk and cautionary advice, look deep
inside yourself, and see if you can clear away the
emotional and mental junk that might be hiding what
you really and truly want to do. This isn't
always an easy exercise. This is a thought exercise,
so you can do some crazy things such as setting
aside your family responsibilities, the necessity of
your current job, money requirements, schooling
requirements, poor high school grades, and acne. You
need to find out what you really want to do, and
without the encumbrances of so-called "reality."
Eighty percent of the excuses we have for non-action
are not really encumbrances at all. The remaining 20
percent can be dealt with in some rational
fashion--it's matter of accepting changes.
Finally, let's suppose you see one
of these medical careers as a one you can really dig
into and make something of it, yourself, and your
family. You don't like the statistics on median pay?
The "median" represents the "ordinary." Look
at those figures out on the right-hand side of the
curve ... that's where you are going. You don't like
the fact that the demand for a particular skill will
drop 50 percent over the next ten years? That isn't
entirely bad news -- it means less competition among
the best who remain. Be one of them.
And please tell your cohorts about
this page at Free-Ed.Net. Thanks.