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and health information technicians work in pleasant and comfortable
offices. This is one of the few health-related occupations in which
there is little or no direct contact with patients. Because accuracy is
essential in their jobs, technicians must pay close attention to detail.
Technicians who work at computer monitors for prolonged periods must
guard against eyestrain and muscle pain.
Medical records and health
information technicians usually work a 40-hour week. Some overtime may
be required. In hospitals -- where health information departments often are
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- technicians may work day, evening,
and night shifts. About 14 percent of technicians work part-time.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.