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What are the information sciences?

PEOPLE. INFORMATION. TECHNOLOGY.

The information sciences are centered around finding new ways to solve problems. We help people to discover better information, design and use better technology, and to make better decisions. Whether those problems are in business, medicine, education, the arts, or any number of other fields, information professionals are able to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

The iSchools Caucus
The iSchools Caucus is an international consortium of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. The member schools share a focus on the intersection of people, technology and information. Now including over 30 schools and colleges in seven countries, the iSchools offer students an array of degree programs and specializations. For more information about the iSchools, visit: www.ischools.org.

Interdisciplinary by Definition
Because information is so central to every academic and professional field, the information sciences are incredibly interdisciplinary and diverse. Information professionals push boundaries and make connections. iSchool faculty members often collaborate with colleagues in other schools and colleges for research and teaching purposes; that translates into iSchool students being able to take advantage of a wide variety of classes and projects that build valuable experience.

Innovative Degrees & Careers
Here is a brief list of what the iSchools and the information sciences have to offer future i3 Scholars:

iSchool Programs & Specializations Careers in the Information Sciences
  • Information Management
  • Social Informatics
  • Health Informatics
  • Software Engineering
  • Library & Information Sciences
  • Graphics & Visualizations
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Policy
  • School Library Media
  • Archives
  • Preservation
  • Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Music Librarianship
  • Variety of joint-degree programs
  • Professor
  • Project Manager
  • Usability Engineer
  • Information Architect
  • Librarian
  • Database Manager
  • Web marketing Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Preservationist
  • Curator
  • Search Engine Engineer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Social Network Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Knowldege/Content Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Blogger

For more information on careers in the information sciences, including salary ranges for some emerging fields, click here.