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Information Scientist

Job Description

Information scientists are the people who deal with the database of knowledge at any given organisation, and make sure that this information is accessible to the people that need to get hold of it at any given time.

An important task in the day to day goings on of an information scientist is the development of systems that make finding information easier for those around you.

These days, that’s likely to be a computer system but paper systems may still be in use in older companies.

You might have to catalogue and store information, research new resources for your information stack and the analysis of your data to produce reports and findings for your colleagues. 

Salary & benefits

A starting salary would typically be between £18,000 and £22,000 per year, although upon gaining experience, that could rise up to £30,000.

Once you have become a senior information manager, and taken on managerial responsibilities such as running a team and building your own systems, you can expect to earn in excess of £35,000. 

Working hours

As this is an office based job and would mostly revolve around office hours, you would expect to work around 35 to 40 hours each week, although this is obviously dependent on your employer.

With a job such as this, flexitime and shift work are common, and it is possible that part time work as an information scientist would be available.

Entry

There are a number of ways into the field of information science, and it is a profession which can be entered in any number of directions and taken in any way you like.

A degree in a computer based subject would obviously be a good route in, although you could equally do a course from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

They offer postgraduate courses for people looking to enter this field, but also can certify people already within the profession who demonstrate the required skills.

You could also start as an apprentice in an information library and work your way through the ranks from there, achieving NVQ qualifications in the appropriate fields, which would lead you up to a CILIP approved course later on. 

Training & progression

Most scientists are members of CILIP, which gives you support, advice and a backing from those within the industry.

Students and graduates can join for free, and they offer key training sessions, keynote events and industry specific courses to continue your professional development through your career.