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

Future employment

There will be 5% more Information scientist jobs in 2023.
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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

You could either:

  • take a degree in information management or librarian studies, approved by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • complete a postgraduate qualification approved by CILIP (if you already have a degree)
  • have your skills and knowledge certified by CILIP (if you’re already working in information management)

£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.

With experience, you may progress into senior management. 

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent organisational skills
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • research skills
  • IT skills
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