- Apply your IT and science knowledge to do research or help companies manage their information
- Option to become self-employed as an information systems consultant
- Requires excellent organisational, research and lT skills, and a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
As an information scientist, you'll use knowledge of computer operating systems in order to manage and effectively store a company's data.
- 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 colleagues, 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 on how to use information systems
- Managing a team of information assistants
You'll most likely work in an office.
To be an information scientist, you'll need thoroughness and attention to detail; knowledge of maths, computer operating systems, hardware and software; business management skills; customer service and verbal communication skills; initiative; and the ability to work well with others.
You could take a degree or postgraduate course approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, such as information studies, information management, informatics, data asset management, or library studies. To give you more advantage in a competitive application process, a year's work experience in a library or information services setting would benefit you before you start.
You might be able to start as an assistant information officer or library assistant and work your way up by training on the job.
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.
With experience, you may progress into senior management, or you could become self-employed as an information systems consultant.