Data & network

Information scientist

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Information scientist jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

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 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 how to use information systems
  • managing a team of information assistants

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.

You'll usually need:

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

£18,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £21,000

Experienced salary: £24,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Your hours may involve flexitime or shifts. 

You’ll be office-based and spend a lot of your time working at a computer. You may occasionally travel to meetings.

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

With experience, you may progress into senior management. 

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

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.

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

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
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