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

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that medical information and claims processing will continue to grow much faster than other occupations throughout the year 2018.


Starting Salary

Starting salaries are about $25,320 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.