Information Science & Technology Careers
The IST program prepares graduates for careers helping individuals and organizations effectively use information resources and information technology. Graduates of the IST program will be immediately employable, particularly in firms that rely on the effective use of information in a interdisciplinary environment.
IST Career Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018. Demand for web development and web administrators is expected to be strong. Growth is expected to be specially strong for positions related to specific software programs and technical consulting.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (IST) seeks to train students to be valuable managers of data and information . IST grads often find positions in both public and private sectors. Students interested in the wide range of careers associated with the IST program should take a look at some of the new and traditional titles.
For more information on the career outlook for information professionals, please check out Data Management International, a data management career network.
IST Career Titles
A lot of the careers available to IST graduates have one thing in common: information. Many businesses and firms rely on information professionals to find new ways to increase the flow of information. Whether it be in web development or database design, getting more information to more people is a priority of the field.
Below is a list of jobs that could be available to IST grads. Take some time to explore some of these careers.
Network AdministratorNetwork Administrators manage local area networks (LANs). They also ensure that each member of the network is operating at peak safety and efficiency.
IT Support SpecialistAn IT Support Specialist create new paths to information access and transfer. They identify new technologies and programs that can help colleagues work more efficiently.
Web DeveloperUsing their knowledge of web software, languages, and marketing, web developers create intuitive and informational interfaces for websites.
Social Media ManagerA Social Media Manager helps a business or firm manage their presence in online environments, developing applications and branding.
Database DeveloperDatabase developers monitor database performance and implement new strategies to increase functionality of a firm's valuable data.
Multimedia SpecialistBy controlling audio/visual equipment, these individuals find new ways to communicate and cross channels in their organizations. They also maintain and purchase equipment.
Data AnalystData Analysts are fluent in the language of statistics and research and know how to present information. They manage and produce data to suit a firm's needs.
Health Care Informatics ManagerHealth Care Informatics Managers oversee the development for reporting and analysis of health care metrics.
IST Career Websites
IST students nearing graduation should consider a number of options for their future including employment and graduate school. Good job sites for information science majors may include general sites such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com, or more specific information technology sites such as Dice.com. Below is a list of job sites which might help IST job seekers.
- American Society of Information Science and Technology Jobline
Technical services positions
General US job database
Non-profit jobs all over the United States
- Milwaukee Jobs.com / Jobs in Madison.com (sister sites)
General job sites for Southeastern Wisconsin
- Peace Corps
- State of Wisconsin Jobs
Public service positions in Wisconsin
IST students should also look at SOIS' MLIS career website page for more job sites relating to the library and information science field. Onsite students might also benefit from talking with one of the SOIS advisors about the graduate program and life in graduate school.