MS in Biomedical Informatics

Frequently Asked Questions

This following information will help you understand the nature and scope of careers in medical informatics.

What is Biomedical Informatics?

"Biomedical informatics is the interdisciplinary field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, driven by efforts to improve human health.

See our discussion on the evolution of the field for more information.

What can I do with a degree in biomedical informatics?

People who have a degree in biomedical informatics have a wide variety of career opportunities. The type of informatics career that an individual can pursue is, to some extent, dependent on his or her background, and selected area of study. Biomedical informatics trained professionals may become:

The following examples of settings in which they might work:

Resources for current job opportunities can be found on our employment page.

What is the job outlook for HIT?

Organizations without electronic health record (EHR) systems in place by 2015 are subject to penalty, making HIT professionals in high demand.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the HIT market to grow at a rate of about 24% per year from 2012 to 2014.

How much do HIT professionals make?

Average salaries of HIT professionals range from $86,536 (staff) to $189,435 (executive management) (HIMSS, 2013).

Where can I find more information about the biomedical informatics field?

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) (2012). Demand persists for experiences health IT staff. Retrieved from

Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) (2013). 2013 HIMSS compensation survey results. Retrieved from

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