I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?
December 8, 2013 2:54 PM Subscribe
Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help?
posted by marsbar77 to Work & Money (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
A little bit on me:
-23 years old and physically disabled (cerebral palsy) but with full use of my hands, etc.
- Always wanted to be in the medical field. Originally tried to hack premed, but decided it wasn't right for me at the time, though I'm leaving it on the table as a main option at some point in the future
-College took longer than it should have for me and ended on somewhat of a sour and regrettable note after a long battle with depression. Had a 3.7 GPA my first semester, a 2.6 my last.
- Currently living with my parents. The only disposable income I have is a $500 monthly SSI payment. This, set against about $8,000 in credit card deb, is a scary thought.
- I'd like to consider myself reasonably intelligent and a fairly competent writer, but I've never officially worked a day in my life or done any projects worth putting on a resume. ( MeMail me if you think seeing my current resume would help you help me).
My questions then:
What are the first, second and third steps one would take after completing a course like this and what is the market like in general? ( IE where do I start on the 3 years of experience that seems to be a minimum for coding jobs? , where do I get contacts?, what do I need besides experience?)
What is a job/career as a medical biller/coder like on a daily basis?
What can I expect to make working in NY?
If this doesn't work out, what might be another line of work I should look into? ( I should mention that ideally I would love to be more involved with patients and medical technology. I'm using this as a starting point and to be able to put some money away for now, though I'm not opposed to staying with it if I end up loving it).
I know it's a lot, but anything that helps me build a roadmap would be amazing.