Are you techno-savvy, interested in leading the transformation in healthcare and looking for an in-demand job with a good salary?

Consider a career as a nurse informaticist.

First recognized as a nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association in 1992, nursing informatics is a growing specialty that can lead to higher-paying consulting positions.

The average salary is $98,702, according to the HIMSS 2011 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. The 2007 survey found an average salary of $83,675, compared to $69,500 in 2004.

Respondents with a certification in nursing informatics earned an average salary of $119,644. As in 2007,  the highest average salary, $153,576, went to respondents working at consulting firms.

Other findings of the survey include:

  • Most of the 2011 respondents lacked formal informatics training or education.
  • Nearly half worked in a hospital.
  • Most do not have anyone reporting to them.
  • Job titles are inconsistent. Three out of 10 had a title that included informatics or informaticist.
  • Two in five nurse informaticists in the 2011 survey had the job for 10 years or more, compared to a third in 2007 and a quarter in 2004.
  • More than half anticipate pursuing some form of certification. More than one in three (35 percent) indicated that they are pursuing the nursing informatics certification offered by the ANCC.
  • Most (52 percent) report to the Information Technology Department, a third to Nursing Department and nearly a quarter to administration.

Are you considering this specialty? Let us know.

Robin Farmer is a freelance writer with a focus on health, education and business. Visit her at


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