Completion of high school and an accredited program in medical coding is required to become a part-time medical coder. Additionally, the American Academy of Professional Coders recommends taking a course in anatomy and medical terminology before commencing a certified medical coding course, reports About.com.
To become a part-time medical coder, it is important for a person to possess good mathematical and computer skills. Additionally, learning to use medical related software programs is necessary. Possessing good interpersonal skills is helpful in this position, as a medical coder must interact with doctors and insurance companies to obtain information required to perform the job, About.com explains.
As of 2015, the outlook for getting a job as a medical coder is good because this role is in high demand, according to About.com. Medical coders are needed to assist doctors in obtaining the correct amount of financial reimbursement from insurance companies in a timely manner. Medical coders also help to prevent false claims and incorrect payments for medical expenses. They are also important to ensure the financial stability of a business.
Typically, medical coders work on weekdays and don’t work evenings or weekends. A medical coder may work in the billing office of a medical facility or from home. As of 2015, the average rate of pay for a medical coder is $15 per hour, About.com states.