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Engineering  |  School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Find your future

Develop dynamic information technology solutions.

An informatics graduate will have the ability to develop future information technology solutions that place a strong emphasis on user needs and provide the ability to adapt and change dynamically with society’s needs. This makes informaticians strong candidates for jobs in technology start-ups, management consulting firms, technology research centers and graduate programs offering emphasis in emerging technologies.

Sample careers

  • User experience designer
  • Usability engineer
  • Information architect
  • Network manager
  • Web developer
  • Information security professional
  • Instructional designer
  • E-commerce specialist
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Information architect
  • Stage and lighting designer
  • Biology/chemistry informaticist
  • Business technology analyst
  • Database developer/manager
  • Digital artist
  • Digital library specialist
  • Interaction designer
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Software developer
  • System administrator
  • Technical writer
  • Technology management
  • Technology support/customer service
  • Usability tester
  • Web designer

Salaries and job openings

Because these careers are so new, authoritative projections of salaries and job openings have not yet been developed. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed projections of job growth and salaries using broad, more conventional categories, such as “computer scientist”, that include these faster growing, newer informatics careers. A table of relevant categories is shown below.

Job CategoryJob Outlook (2016-2026)Median Salary (2017)
Computer and information systems managers12%$139,220
Computer scientists19%$114,520
Computer systems analysts9%$88,270
Geoscientists14%$89,850
Operations research analysts27%$81,390
Software Developers24%$103,560
Surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrist, and surveying/mapping technicians11%$43,340

An important point to note is that all these job categories enjoy higher growth that the average of other occupations. For instance, the category “chemists and materials scientist” is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In short, job prospects for informatics graduates look excellent.