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-Launch Your Career in Informatics-

Biomedical Informatics is a growing field that optimizes the use of information in health care. Employment opportunities can be found in pharmacies, hospitals, insurance companies, technology startups, medical research labs, and more. The training required will depend upon an individual’s education and experiential background. Post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees are most common. PhD’s and professional doctoral degrees are for researchers and executives.

SBMI Graduate Degrees

SBMI offers graduate programs that meet your needs when launching your career in Informatics.

Admission Deadlines

Certificate Programs July 1 Nov. 1 Mar. 1
Master of Science in
Biomedical Informatics
July 1 Nov. 1 Mar. 1
Doctor of Philosophy in
Biomedical Informatics
Mar. 1 July 1 Nov. 1
Doctorate in Health Informatics Mar. 1

We also offer a Dual Degree Programs in Public Health Informatics and a Dual Degree Program MD/MS in Biomedical Informatics.

One of the best things any prospective student can do is to research before choosing any major. The best option is one with a multidisciplinary focus. Health informatics is a multidisciplinary profession in one of the most stable fields in the United States. It is a great option for students looking for an in-demand career.

    Since the financial crisis of 2008, occupations with growing demand have been few and far between. One category of jobs that has seen significant growth in advertised positions is the field of healthcare informatics.

    As with most scientific fields, biomedical informatics researchers usually need a doctoral degree in order to conduct independent research. Biomedical informatics research professionals may find job opportunities working in private sector research or education. Those desiring to work in the healthcare industry supporting clinical care or developing technology generally need a master’s or professional doctoral degree. Biomedical informatics professionals are in high demand due to their ability to analyze data, solve problems, and design solutions.

Popular Careers Held By SBMI Alumni

Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson, MS

2017 MS Alumna

Clinical Quality Improvement Manager

Andrea works for Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX. In her role, she manages an integrated approach to actionable quality and patient safety reporting, analysis, and clinical outcomes across six facilities. Her work covers all facets of quality such as Risk Management, Regulatory, Patient Safety, Performance Improvement, and Infection Prevention.

Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE

Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE

2013 PhD Alumna
Assistant Professor

Dr. Myneni joined her alma mater in the spring of 2014 as an assistant professor. In her role, she conducts research on development and evaluation of mobile and connected health technologies to improve patient engagement and optimize self-management of health. Additionally, she teaches and advises SBMI students.

Oakafor Nnameaka

Nnaemeka Okafor, MD, MS

2011 MS Alumnus

Associate Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer of Acute Care Services

Dr. Okafor works for Memorial Hermann Health System and is responsible for the planning and implementation of information systems used in the clinical environment. As a physician, Okafor serves in a leadership role focused on the advancement and optimization of clinical systems used in acute care services, as well as support existing electronic health record platforms used within Memorial Hermann. Okafor’s clinical interests are to improve patient care quality and safety and reduce both diagnostic and treatment errors.

Zhiguo (Stanley) Yu, PhD

Zhiguo (Stanley) Yu, PhD

2017 PhD Alumnus

Data Scientist at Microsoft AI and Research

Stanley works for Microsoft Cortana. He serves as the overall science lead in Cortana Data, Metrics and Measurement Platform team. He is also leading a data analysis team that focuses on language understanding model development and improvement. His research interests are to detect and understand the ambiguity behind human language.

Alumni Salary Range for SBMI Graduates

Percentage of Alumni Graduates


*Includes alumni working part-time.

How Much Do UT Masters Graduates Earn?
How Much Do They Owe For Student Loans?

Average Earnings
  • 1st year - $77,133
  • 5th year - $94,231
  • 10th year - $118,034
Median Student Loan
Amount: $24,739

Master's in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

How Much Do UT PhD Graduates Earn?
How Much Do They Owe For Student Loans?

Average Earnings
  • 1st year - $99,420
  • 5th year - $151,064
Median Student Loan
Amount: $31,535

PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics

Source: Median Loan Debt (2013) – UTH.EDU

SBMI Alumni Placements After Graduation

How long did it take to secure your health informatics position?


*The majority of these are high-level executives making more than $120,000 per year. Includes executive-level roles, self-employment and UTHealth employment.

Average Job Earnings Comparison for Different
UT Graduate Degree Types - Master's Graduate Degree

Minimum Salary   Maximum Salary

Source: Indeed.com - Medical Informatic Salaries
Last Update: June 2018

Average Job Earnings Comparison for Different
UT Graduate Degree Types - PhD Graduate Degree

Minimum Salary   Maximum Salary

Source: Discover Data @UTSEEK – Masters Degree and PhD Degree

Average Salary for Informatics Careers - Nationwide

  Average Salary Minimum Salary Maximum Salary
Indianapolis $71,358 $51,000 $91,717
Atlanta $71,846 $58,580 $85,113
Houston $74,038 $54,938 $99,702
Chicago $77,856 $56,010 $99,702
New York 90,342 $52,941 $127,743

Payscale.com - Informatics Salary and Health Informatics Salary
Please note: Salary information comes from 25,770 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. All salary figures are approximations based upon third party submissions to Payscale and Indeed. These figures are given to the Payscale and Indeed users for the purpose of generalized comparison only. Minimum wage may differ by jurisdiction and you should consult the employer for actual salary figures.

How Work Experience Impacts Income - Nationwide 

Percentage of Respondents   Average Salary

Source: PayScale.com - MS Informatics Salary

Popular Career Types in Health and Medical Informatics By Position - Nationwide

Number of Persons Reported for Each Position   Average Salary

Source: Indeed.com - Medical Informatic Salaries
Last Update: June 2018

Biomedical Informatics Education Data by Degree Type - Nationwide 

Field of Study Median Salary
Median Salary
Information Technology,
IT Trainers
Masters Information Sciences,
Biomedical Informatics
Project Managers Masters Biomedical Informatics $72,175*
Chief Nursing Informatics
Office (CNIO)
Masters of Nursing Preferred
Biomedical Informatics
Chief Medical Informatics
Officers (CMIO)
Doctor of Medicine Biomedical Informatics $276,748*
Research Scientists Doctorate Biomedical Informatics $80,103*
Project Managment (PMP) Certification Project Management $103,000*

Source: *PayScale.com - Salary and Career Questions and PMP Salary

5 Most Common Medical Informatics Job Descriptions

    Informatics nurses are responsible for bridging the gap between clinicians and IT. As an informatics nurse, you will evaluate a health care facility to determine what clinical IT applications will help increase efficiency. You could be responsible for training the staff on new systems and ensuring everyone is up to date on the latest technology. Informatics nurses also facilitate communication between IT, vendors, and the staff regarding clinical IT applications. In order to become an informatics nurse, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing, but some roles might require a master’s degree. There is also a certification for informatics nurses from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that, while not required, may help you get a job in health care informatics.

    Health informatics specialists have a similar role to that of an informatics nurse in a health care setting. You may be responsible for training staff and creating educational documents for systems and procedures, but you will also be responsible for troubleshooting and assisting staff when problems arise. As a health informatics specialist, you will also need to be up to date on the latest compliance and regulatory standards. Education requirements for a health informatics specialist can range depending on the position. Some require a bachelor’s and experience with technology, while others may require a master’s in biomedical informatics, health informatics, computer science or a related field.

    Clinical informatics specialists work with the systems used to digitize patient records. As a clinical informatics specialist, you will be responsible for creating processes and improving procedures as well as documenting them for the staff. You will also oversee the transition of any paper documents to digital systems, and oversee the process. Education requirements for a clinical informatics specialist can range depending on the position. Some require a bachelor’s and experience with technology, while others may require a master’s in biomedical informatics, health informatics, computer science or a related field.

    Clinical data analysts are responsible for closely evaluating data to help improve workflow and a health care facility’s overall clinical information systems. As a clinical data analyst, a main task may include creating the database systems for a healthcare facility. Since health IT can require handling sensitive data, as a clinical data analyst, you will be responsible for striking a balance between efficiency and federal regulatory standards. To become a clinical data analyst, you will need a bachelor’s degree in life science or social science, or a related discipline, with a master’s degree preferred. You will also want to ensure you have a solid background in technology, especially with database and general IT knowledge. Experience working in the health care industry will help your chances of employment.

    Clinical informatics managers are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the clinical information systems at a health care facility. As a clinical informatics manager, you will manage and train staff, monitor budgets, direct staff, and ensure all systems are in compliance with state, federal, and professional regulatory standards. In order to become a clinical informatics manager, you will first need to work in informatics at a lower level. Once you have gained relevant experience, you will be able to move up to clinical informatics manager.

Source: Monster.com - Health Informatics

Top Skills Cited in Job Listings

Successful Skills Needed to Succeed in Health or Biomedical Informatics

Basic Skills

  • Needs Assessment/Requirement Gathering
    The practice of collecting the requirements of a system from users, customers and stakeholders.

  • Technical Proficiencies (Computational skills)
    Approaching problems using programmatic thinking techniques such as iteration, symbolic representation, and logical operations.

  • Project Management
    Is to schedule, organize projects, and/or the work of others, time management skills and prioritize certain tasks.

  • Communication
    Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are necessary communication skills.

  • Leadership
    Make strategic and tactical decisions in line with an organization's mission and goals; properly allocate resources to achieve the goals. Valuable leadership skills include the ability to delegate, inspire coworkers and communicate effectively.

Advanced Skills

  • Management of Information Systems
    Implementation, maintenance and optimization of health information and other technical systems.

  • Data Analysis and Visualization (Analytical & Problem Solving Skills)
    Includes skills such as ordering, comparing, contrasting, evaluating and selecting; as well as preparing visual presentations of data.

  • Computer Programming (Quantitative Skills)
    Involve the ability to handle data and use numerical evidence systematically.

  • Data Modeling, Security and Communication
    How data is connected to each other and how they are processed and stored inside a secured system.

  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
    Subset of artificial intelligence in the field of computer science that often uses statistical techniques to give computers the ability to "learn" with data, without being explicitly programmed.



Health Informatics Job Postings in the USA - Nationwide

Healthcare informatics jobs now constitute the eighth largest share of health care occupation postings. This career niche is likely to continue to grow, given the trends and demands shaping the our health care industry.

Source: Careerbuilder.com - Health Informatics

Popular Companies to Work for in 2019

Source: Hcinnovationgroup.com