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5 Best Healthcare IT Certifications

5 Best Healthcare IT Certifications
By , Mary Kyle

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockHealthcare IT continues to be on the rise as health systems make bigger investments in technology and security. Today, numerous certifications, from a mix of IT industry vendors and healthcare-focused organizations, specifically target IT professionals who work in this rapidly growing field.

Money spent on healthcare in the United States represents roughly 18 percent of the entire economy. Going forward, healthcare spending is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 5.6 percent annually per capita. Thus, there will still be plenty of jobs in healthcare IT.

The size and growth of the certification market also explains the certifying bodies that cover IT. We see a mix of industry organizations, such as (ISC)², that track gross economic and employment trends very carefully. In addition, there is a handful of IT organizations, with IT professionals at the helm, that focus on healthcare.

The results of an informal job search below give you an idea of the relative frequency with which our top five certifications appear in actual job postings. The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certifications are obviously the most desirable to employers as evidenced by their huge numbers as compared to other certifications.

Job Board Search Results (in alphabetical order, by certification)*

CertificationSimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
Linkup.com
Total
CAHIMS/CPHIMS (HIMSS)
5254
40
27
173
CHTS (AHIMA)1111
17
039
HCISSP (ISC)254
57
56
33
200
RHIA (AHIMA)**1,899
2,160
2,074
1,060
7,193
RHIT (AHIMA)2,184
2,572
2,387
1,190
8,333

*See our complete methodology for selecting top five certifications in the Best Certifications series.

** RHIA results include many employers hiring for coding positions that list the RHIA as a preferred certification.

Salary expectations within IT healthcare vary depending on the job role. For example, SimplyHired reports average salaries for IT professionals working as healthcare technicians, healthcare help desk specialists or help desk technicians as being in the mid-30s with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. Those engaged in desktop support roles can expect to earn between $35,710 and $59,202. Healthcare IT professionals engaged in management roles command the highest salaries, with reported average earnings of almost $75,000 that top out near $127,000.