Informatics Degree Review - Master's Degree Info

Published Mar 01, 2007

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Informatics is the study of information and the way it applies to areas as diverse as biology, computer science, and art and can be thought of as a link between IT and a particular field of study. Careers in informatics include programming, systems analysis, network engineering, digital artistry, human-computer interface designing, and technical writing.

What is a Master's Degree in Informatics?

A Master's Degree in Informatics immerses the student in the study of data and the construction of information systems. Often, this means the study of computer systems and information technology, but it could also include bioinformatics (the study of the interface between humans and technology) or other fields. Typical courses for an informatics Master's Degree program include:

  • Information Infrastructure
  • Social Informatics
  • Information Representation
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Multimedia Arts and Technology
  • Data Mining
  • Organizational Informatics

What Careers can a Master of Informatics Pursue?

Those with a Master's Degree in Informatics typically pursue careers in which they can implement their knowledge of information and its applications. This frequently includes careers such as computer programmers, designers and scientists. Graduates also implement technology in novel ways, developing new and exciting uses for it. This can mean developing a robot that can interact with humans or using data webs to create digital art.

What is the Career Outlook for Master's of Informatics?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the demand for computer and information systems managers will grow much faster than the national average, indicating a very favorable job outlook for these positions. The median income of these managers was over $92,500 in 2004. The most lucrative positions were in software publishing.

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