Information Science Requirements
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Information scientists are experts in the latest information technologies and user behaviours. They help to analyze, organize, manage, and manipulate information, always considering how to make the result intuitive and easy to use. Students will learn the fundamentals of the field, from database design to organizational informatics; courses will cover both technical issues and social science issues. Most employers are looking for candidates who have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Information Science Careers
The career trajectory of people with an Information Science degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Information Science degrees have experience in is Librarian, followed by Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Archivist, Computer Programmer, Information Security Analyst, Computer Systems Administrator, Library Assistant, and IT Manager.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Software Quality Assurance Engineer||2.1%||0.2%||13.0×|
|Information Security Analyst||2.4%||0.0%||55.4×|
|Computer Systems Administrator||3.2%||0.1%||22.2×|
Information Science Salary
Information Science graduates earn on average $45k, putting them in the 70th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$33k|
|Median (average earners)||$45k|
|75th (top earners)||$58k|
Information Science Underemployment
Information Science graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||48%|