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Medical Informatics

71 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,156 Master's Degrees Annually
#76 in Popularity
$108,080 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Informatics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical informatics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,156
Graduate Certificate 120
Bachelor’s Degree 71
Doctor’s Degree 61
Associate’s Degree 44
Basic Certificate 34
Undergraduate Certificate 11

What Medical Informatics Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical informatics majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Informatics Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical informatics should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Medical Informatics Majors

medical informatics majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Medical Informatics Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a medical informatics student include the following:

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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Medical Informatics Major?

People with a medical informatics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Informatics?

71 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
46% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 73% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical informatics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Informatics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 23
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 32
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Medical Informatics, too. About 4.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Informatics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $93,350 to $123,850 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical informatics. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with medical informatics may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical informatics have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.2%
Some College Courses 2.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 64.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.7%
Master’s Degree 20.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.4%
Doctoral Degree 4.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.6%

Online Medical Informatics Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 schools offered some type of medical informatics program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 8 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 18 1
Bachelor’s Degree 35 14
Post-Baccalaureate 8 2
Master’s Degree 77 41
Post-Master’s 12 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Informatics Worth It?

The median salary for a medical informatics grad is $108,080 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 171% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,363,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical informatics.

Major Number of Grads
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator 84
Other Medical Illustration and Informatics 43

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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