Medical Billing and Coding Career Overview - Southwestern Illinois College

Job Description

Billers and Coders:
  • Locate medical codes such as CPT and ICD codes
  • Obtain insurance referrals
  • Process insurance claim forms
  • Bill third-party payers and patients
  • Track insurance claims
  • Write appeals on claims
Performance Essentials

To successfully complete the program and practice as a Medical Biller and Coder, student must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

Career Resources

The SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center offers a Career Mentor program, including job shadowing.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides additional career information

Job Opportunities

A variety of employers are seeking individuals trained in Billing and Coding:
  • Small and large group practices
  • Dental offices
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacies
  • Nursing homes
  • Mental care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Insurance companies
  • Health maintenance organizations
Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2019-2029 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of , medical billing and coding technicians is expected to increase by 8 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Starting Salary

Starting salaries are about $30,000 annually, depending on the facility and the training and skills of the medical biller and coder.

Salary with Certification

Professional Coders make approximately 5 to 10 percent more than non-certified coders.