Information Science Major
Information science is a major that typically falls into the Computer & Information Sciences category.
There are 113 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in IS, 277 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 155 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 29 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting an IS Degree?
Information science runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #60 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 7,500 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. This major attracts more men than women. About 74.6% of the graduates in this field are male.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of IS majors is as follows:
- Asian: 15%
- Black or African American: 13.8%
- Hispanic or Latino: 9.2%
- White: 48.3%
- Non-Resident Alien: 6.4%
- Other Races: 7.2%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in IS. About 6.4% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending IS majors to the U.S. are India, China and Saudi Arabia.
What Will You Learn as an Information Science Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to IS to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for IS Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
Skills for IS Majors
IS majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
Abilities for IS Majors
As an IS major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
What Can You Do With an IS Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with IS:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Computer Science Professors||8.1%||$82,220|
|Computer and Information Research Scientists||19%||$118,370|
|Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists||9.3%||$90,270|
|Data Warehousing Specialists||9.3%||$90,270|
|Search Marketing Strategists||9.3%||$90,270|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||12%||$142,530|
|Business Intelligence Analysts||9.3%||$90,270|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||11.1%||$110,000|
Information Science Major Salary
IS majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $96,000 to $124,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.
The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.
Amount of Education Required for Information Science Major Jobs
Some careers associated with IS require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to IS have obtained the following education levels.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||1.9%|
|Some College Courses||4.5%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||5.8%|
|First Professional Degree||0.1%|
Online Information Science Programs
There are 277 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in information science, with 54 of them offering at least some courses online.
Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.
Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.
Is an Information Science Major Worth It?
The median salary for an IS grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 193% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,502,000 after 20 years!
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Programming
- Data Processing
- Information Science
- Computer Systems Analysis
- Data Entry
- Computer Science
- Computer Software Applications
- Computer Systems Networking
- Information Technology
- Other Computer Sciences
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