Cancer Registrars



Cancer registrars are responsible for collecting, compiling and reporting full histories of cancer patients in a specific population, usually a hospital, or geographic area such as a state or country. To do so, the cancer registrar identifies, records, and maintains data regarding the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and the status of individuals with cancer (tumors). Cancer registrars provide information for cancer registries which track individual patients from the time of diagnoses, with lifetime follow up, in order to create data which ca...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree





Information Management


Personality Traits



The Bureau of Labor Statistics references the cancer registrar as a “Medical Records and Health Information Technician” in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, reflecting a median pay in 2018 of $40,350 annually.

However, a review of available jobs evidences substantially higher ranges of income based upon certification, experience, level of responsibility, and agency or facility ...

Work Environment

Cancer registrar positions are most often located in offices in hospitals and health care facilities, or in state, federal or regional registry offices. However, as some data collection is required, there is some opportunity for “in the field” interviews to obtain initial or follow up information. Additionally, there are some limited opportunities to perform data processing work from home rathe...


The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook classifies cancer registrars as Medical Records and Health Information Technicians. The BLS lists 215,500 jobs in the encompassing field and forecasts 11 percent job growth through 2028, a rate that is much faster than average. 

While no breakdown is given for cancer registrars, industry reports are consistent with re...