Health information management professionals are employed by:
- hospitals, clinics, community care facilities and mental health facilities
- Workers Compensation Board offices
- research facilities
- government department and privacy commissioners' offices
- the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Those interested in travel may find employment outside Canada with the World Health Organization or through foreign recruitment agencies.
Health information management professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1252: Health information management Occupations. In Alberta, 92% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 8,800 Albertans are employed in the Records management and filing clerks occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 176 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As health information technology specialists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for health information technology specialists.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.