During the Great Recession, health care and medical billing services was one of the few areas of the economy that has continued to create jobs.

Nurses, medical assistants. Ultrasound technicians. Surgery technicians Nurses assistants There have been places in all of these classes, and they all include working directly with patients.

What if you want to be part of that boom in jobs but feel more comfortable sitting in an office than in an operating room?

The medical information management would be what you would like, and a medical coding job would be the place to start.

Medical coding employees can serve as bridges between doctors and insurance companies. Typically they read doctors’ notes and other medical documentation and translate diagnoses and services such as exams, operations and x-rays into which insurance companies recognize a standard form. As such, coders play a crucial role in ensuring that doctors and other professionals receive payment for their services.

In fact, coder William Levine remembers that when a hospital where he worked decided to downsize, his department was not included in the farewell. His explanation: “The accounts do not come out until we codify them.”

The coders also work from the other side, checking payments from doctors to insurance companies.

Some on the street only do coding, while others take on additional tasks in a doctor’s office or other business of that type. Even with formal training. Even with formal training, many coders start with some medical practice or in a non-coding job because larger employers consider some experience. Perhaps as a result, the payment to start only pays between $10 and $11 an hour, but experienced employees earn on average about $18 an hour according to state statistics. Salaries in Maryland may be higher, starting at $12 an hour and rising to $22.

Working as an encoder requires attention to detail, the ability to investigate and analyze information and the willingness to adapt to the changing world of medical care.