How to Prepare for a Great New Career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist



The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that careers in medical billing and coding are growing faster than average, which means you have a great opportunity to train for and get an exciting new job in this area of healthcare. A medical billing and coding specialist works in doctor’s offices, medical labs and insurance companies. They prepare invoices, bill patients and use a system of codes for medical procedures. In this career, you can contribute to health care from the comfort of an office while enjoying a great salary. Here are some of the steps you need to take to become a medical biller and coder:


  • Get an education. Medical billing and coding is specialized work that requires training. At one of Florida Technical College’s many campuses, or online, you can learn all the skills needed to work in this field, and you can do it in less than a year. Our diploma program teaches you everything you need to do the work of a medical billing and coding specialist and prepares you for being hired in your dream job.
  • Learn from professionals. The best way to learn a new skill is from the professionals who have put these skills to work in the real world. Instructors at FTC are experienced professionals who have actually worked in healthcare. Through our billing and coding program, you get to learn firsthand from the people who have done this work for years.
  • Participate in hands-on experiences. Billing and coding is a set of practical skills, and to be good at them you need practice. Employers will want to see that you have not just taken the coursework, but that you have also had some real-world experience. As part of our diploma program you will participate in an externship, an on-the-job training experience working in a real healthcare facility.
  • Practice your job-hunting skills. Just having the training is not always enough to get a job in the field of your choice. You have to be able to communicate to employers that you have the skills and the experience to do the job. To get your dream job you need to have a great resume and you need to practice interviewing. At FTC you can take advantage of our career services department to help you find and get a job. The career professionals offer job placement assistance, resume writing and interview skills training.


Now that you know all that it takes to work in this exciting area of health care, you can see how easy it is to get started. Find out more about our medical billing and coding specialist diploma program and how we can help launch your new career. With the right education, support from experienced professionals, hands-on practice and guidance in your job search, you can make your dream of working in health care a reality.