Information scientist

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Information manager, information officer, knowledge manager

Information scientists manage an organisation’s information resources and make sure it’s all readily available.

Salary Range: £18,000 to £40,000

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How to become an information scientist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • through certification with a professional body
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University

You could take a degree or postgraduate course approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Courses include:

  • information studies
  • information management
  • informatics
  • data asset management
  • library studies

Entry to postgraduate courses is very competitive and you should try to get up to a year’s work experience in a library or information services setting before you start.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You could start as an assistant information officer or library assistant and work your way up by training on the job.

Other routes

If you’re already working in information science or management, you could have your skills and knowledge certified by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to help with your career development.

Further information

You can find out more about working in information science from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • business management skills
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • cataloguing, classifying and storing information
  • researching and acquiring new resources
  • making sure that information is up to date and comprehensive
  • dealing with research enquiries from collegues, managers or clients
  • managing electronic information
  • making sure that information systems meet data protection laws
  • writing reports, briefings and website content
  • managing an information budget
  • training colleagues how to use information systems
  • managing a team of information assistants

Working environment

You could work in an office.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you may progress into senior management. 

You could also become self-employed as an information systems consultant.