HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) latest health IT survey results are out, and things are looking up for nurses in the clinical informatics / technology field.
For this survey, Bisk Education and the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine partnered with HIMSS, a non-profit organization that promotes the transformation of healthcare through the best use of information technology.
The joint effort produced a survey examining everything from the salaries of different health informatics positions to overall job satisfaction. The good news for nurses and other professionals is that employment rates are skyrocketing and show no signs of slowing.
The survey asked questions such as:
There were 404 respondents, representing 7 countries and 42 U.S. states. Slightly more than half of respondents (204, or 54%) were women, compared to 172 male respondents (46%).
Average Salaries: When it comes to health IT professionals' salaries, variables include education level, years of experience, job description/title, and location, but the largest percentage of respondents make an annual salary of more than $130,000.
Job Satisfaction: According to the survey, 140 people said they were very satisfied with their career in health informatics compared to only 18 describing themselves as very dissatisfied. The findings revealed a correlation between level of education and job satisfaction. Respondents with advanced degrees (master’s and doctorates) were more likely to be very satisfied with their career choice.
Advanced Degrees: The higher the education level, the more you can command in salary. The findings show that additional credentials, such as certifications, roughly double the chances of professionals earning an annual salary greater than $130,000. Women are leading in this realm with 232 reporting they have additional credentials compared to 150 male survey respondents.
Career Stability: The survey revealed more than 100 respondents with more than 10 years of experience in the health informatics field. According to the data, experienced health IT professionals tend to have long, stable careers, with 160 respondents reporting having worked in their current role from six to 10 years. Health informatics is booming in Florida, which had the largest number of respondents (100). Every major region of the United States had participation, with hotspots in Indiana, Washington, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
Looking to the Future: The health IT professionals currently working in the field who took this survey overwhelmingly foresee career growth over the next five years. According to the data, 337 respondents believe the technology field will continue to grow, compared to only 41 people who don’t agree.
HIMSS conducts a separate survey specific to nurses every 3-4 years. The average salary for IT nurses in 2014 was $100,717; up from $98,703 in 2011, $83,675 in 2007 and $69,500 in 2004, according to HIMSS data.
With rising employment rates and high job satisfaction reports coming from current professionals, health informatics is fast becoming one of the most popular and lucrative specialties.