Informatics Nurse Specialists
SOC: 15-1121.01


Apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
567,800 employed

Projected (2024):
686,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Business Consultant, Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Applications Specialist
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Clinical Informatics Director
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Informatics Strategist
  • Clinical Information Systems Director
  • Clinical Systems Educator
  • Consultant
  • Director Clinical Information Services
  • Health Informatics Advisor
  • Health Informatics Instructor
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Informaticist
  • Informatics Application Analyst
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Informatics Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Informaticist
  • Nurse Informatics Educator
  • Nursing Informatics Analyst
  • Nursing Informatics Clinical Analyst
  • Nursing Information Systems Coordinator
  • Public Health Informatician
  • Telehealth Case Manager
  • Telehealth Coordinator
  • Telehealth Director

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Design, develop, select, test, implement, and evaluate new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and decision-support mechanisms to support patients, health care professionals, and their information management and human-computer and human-technology interactions within health care contexts.
  • Disseminate information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.
  • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Plan, install, repair or troubleshoot telehealth technology applications or systems in homes.
  • Use informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
  • Develop, implement or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes or structures to assist nurses with data management.
  • Analyze and interpret patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration and research.
  • Apply knowledge of computer science, information science, nursing, and informatics theory to nursing practice, education, administration, or research, in collaboration with other health informatics specialists.
  • Develop or implement policies or practices to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, or security of patient information.
  • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.
  • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
  • Develop strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Identify, collect, record or analyze data that are relevant to the nursing care of patients.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in informatics.
  • Provide consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
  • Inform local, state, national and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development and economics.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Medical image database systems
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Overhead projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • Amkai AmkaiCharts
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR System
  • Cerner Millennium
  • Cerner PowerChart
  • ChartWare software
  • Computerized physician order entry CPOE software
  • e-MDs software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager
  • Electronic medical administration record eMAR software
  • Epic Systems software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Healthcare Management System software
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • McKesson ANSOS One-Staff
  • MEDITECH Healthcare Information System HCIS
  • Mediware ClosedLoop Clinical Systems
  • Mediware Information Systems MediCOE
  • Medscribbler Enterprise
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Netsmart Technologies CareNet
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
  • Picis CareSuite
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services software
  • SOAPware software
  • StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
  • Structured query language SQL
  • SynaMed EMR
  • Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
  • VISICU eICU Program
  • Web browser software

  • computer and mathematical

    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170