Clinical Coders assign codes to narrative descriptions of patients' diseases, operations and procedures in accordance with recognised classification systems to allow for easy storage, retrieval and analysis of health data.

    You usually need a formal qualification in clinical classification to work as a Clinical Coder. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Clinical Coders.

    Tasks

    • Types information from documents into a computer.
    • Analyses and determines classifications.
    • Reviews information received for accuracy and correctness.
    • Contacts providers and various other sources to obtain information required to resolve discrepancies.
    • Generates reports.

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    • $1,383 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Clinical Coders

    • 1,300 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 93% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Clinical Coders (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Clinical Coders work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (66%).
    • Gender: 93% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance93.8
    Public Administration and Safety3.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.2
    Financial and Insurance Services1.2
    Other Industries0.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateClinical CodersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.331.6
    VIC15.225.6
    QLD24.620.0
    SA9.57.0
    WA14.210.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT1.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketClinical CodersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.5-9.39.3
    25-3411.2-22.922.9
    35-4421.4-22.022.0
    45-5432.2-21.621.6
    55-5917.9-9.09.0
    60-6410.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationClinical CodersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree34.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.5-21.121.1
    Year 1211.1-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.8-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in clinical classification to work as a Clinical Coder. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Clinical Coders.

    Membership with HIMAA may be useful.

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    • national police check
    • working with children check

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    Employers look for Clerical and Administrative Workers who have good computer skills, can communicate clearly and can interact with a variety of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      63% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. English Language

      50% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      45% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      42% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Administration and Management

      37% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      94% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Repeating Same Tasks

      91% Important

      How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      88% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Spend Time Sitting

      87% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      86% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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