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Careers in Informatics

How does an Informatics degree lead me to a career?

Informatics majors will be prepared for jobs in information technology. In the next five years, it is predicted that there will be 3.2 million available positions for IT professionals.

Information technology is a growing and changing field, and the study of informatics provides students with the skills to solve problems and be adaptable. While some of the future job titles for IT jobs don’t even exist yet, some current career options include:

  • biology/chemistry informaticist
  • database developer/manager
  • digital artist
  • digital library specialist
  • e-commerce specialist
  • human-computer interface designer
  • information architect
  • IT consultant
  • multimedia specialist
  • network manager
  • software developer
  • stage and lighting designer
  • system administrator
  • technical writer
  • webmaster

Salaries

Starting salaries for informatics graduates in our region is generally around $50,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 Median Pay for a Computer Systems Analysts is $87,220. The average for Software Developers is $102,280 per year, and the average for Database Administrators is $84,950.  For more information please see (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/)

Cognates and Careers

There is no such thing as a “plain vanilla” IT job. Technology is shaped and influenced by its environment, whether it is business, science, the arts, or the professions. This is why we have no “plain vanilla” Informatics bachelor’s degree. Each graduate’s degree is strongly flavored by the associated cognate. Thus a graduate with a cognate in Chemistry might end up working in a chemical or pharmaceutical firm doing “chemical informatics.” A cognate in Geography naturally leads to a career relating to geographic information systems (GIS).