Information scientist Information manager, information officer, knowledge manager
Information scientists manage an organisation's information resources and make sure it’s all readily available.
1. Entry requirements
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)
2. Skills required
- excellent organisational skills
- a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
- research skills
- IT skills
3. What you'll do
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
Starter: £18,000 to £21,000
Experienced: £24,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’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.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you may progress into senior management.
You could also become self-employed as an information systems consultant.
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Last updated: 21 December 2016