4. Program Management
Program managers in the healthcare environment are responsible for a portfolio of projects working directly with project managers. "In addition to the projects, the program manager may be responsible for the overall change management, risk management and executive reporting," says Fulmer. For example, the approaching compliance date for ICD-10, a code set to document conditions and procedures that exists in every level of healthcare IT, means that even small hospitals have up to 40 projects required to become compliant. This is only portion of HIT, which may have several other on-going projects at a given time making this a skill that will only increase in demand in 2013. Program Managers who work in Healthcare IT can expect to make on average $97,000 annually.