Medical coders tend to work full-time - at least 40 hours each week. Depending on where you're employed, you may work a normal 9-5 shift. If you work in a hospital or another setting that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you can choose between working days, evenings or nightshifts.
Medical coders are employed in a variety of settings, including:
- Doctor's offices
- Outpatient care centers
- Family practices
- Nursing homes
- Group practices
Medical coding is a quickly growing field (which we'll cover in the next chapter) and the opportunities are not only limited to traditional hospital, doctor and clinic settings. Medical coding specialists are also in high demand at places that may not be so obvious to those outside the industry, including: home healthcare agencies, law firms, consulting firms, insurance agencies, medical billing and coding companies and even from your own home (we'll cover that in a later chapter as well.