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Overview
Informatics is a program that focuses on computer systems from a user-centered perspective and studies the structure, behavior and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process and communicate information. includes instruction in information sciences, human computer interaction, information system analysis and design, telecommunications structure and information architecture and management.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($144K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Rice University
Career with the highest median salary ($140K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Sales Representatives of Services
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Careers for program graduates
Informatics majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Software DevelopersSpecialized Computer Occupatio...Computer and Information Syste...Specialized ManagersComputer User Support Speciali...Computer Systems AnalystsComputer ProgrammersManagement AnalystsNetwork and Computer Systems A...Chief executives and legislato...Accountants and AuditorsDatabase administrators and ar...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...Information Security AnalystsComputer Network ArchitectsProject Management SpecialistsSpecialized EngineersSoftware Quality Assurance Ana...Financial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Web Developers
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
01K2K3K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for information sciences changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
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Research Doctorate
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Associate's Degree
1-2 Year Certificate
0-1 Year Certificate
Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in informatics doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field computer and information sciences, general, which includes informatics.
Median starting salaries
$28K$32K$55K$72K$0$50K$100K$150KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$13K$20K$25K$41K$0$20K$40K$60KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for information sciences majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$80K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: information sciences majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's ininformation sciences by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$75K$94K$105K$103K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in information sciences
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in information sciences. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
Education level of workers
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 28% of information sciences majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of information sciences majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 57% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
25%40%37%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in information sciences
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Information Sciences (which combines 2 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Software Developers
  2. Specialized Computer Occupations
  3. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  4. Specialized Managers
  5. Computer User Support Specialists
  6. Computer Systems Analysts
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Management Analysts
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  10. Chief executives and legislators
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Careers for information sciences majors
Where do information sciences majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in information sciences
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by information sciences graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Software DevelopersSpecialized Computer...Computer and Informa...Specialized ManagersComputer User Suppor...Computer Systems Ana...Computer ProgrammersManagement AnalystsNetwork and Computer...Chief executives and...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire information sciences majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire information sciences majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by information sciences majors.
Information SciencesAll other degreesInformation Security Anal...Network and Computer Syst...Computer Network Architec...Computer User Support Spe...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer informatics degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for information sciences majors
information sciences is part of a larger collection of programs: Computer Sciences and Information Technology. Is there a different program that's close to information sciences that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in informatics earned in the last academic year, 32% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
27%73%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 72% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$83K$75K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For information sciences graduates, men have a 10% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 87% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all informatics graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 91% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
Award level
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International
Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 74% of other programs.