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Information science can lead to several career paths.

Informatics draws upon computer science, information science, social science and design. A bachelor’s degree in Informatics equips graduates to design and build systems for collecting, storing, retrieving, manipulating and securing information. Informatics professionals may create intuitive interfaces for consumers (Web developer, user experience designer, usability engineer) or focus on the structure of information systems (information architect). They may also develop ways to manage more effectively and protect the information itself (cybersecurity professional, business analyst, project manager).

After earning a master's degree in Library and Information Science, information professionals work to reduce the barriers which separate people, technology and information. These barriers can range from censorship, to not enough computers, to too much information.

LIS professionals  work to make sure everyone can access the Internet, books and other information sources. These professional provide forums for all points of view, supply good research tools and teach people how to use them. They put their own expert research skills to work helping doctors, lawyers, businesses, students and citizens get the information they need. And they work with lawmakers  and publishers to advocate for the public’s access to information.

LIS professionals build careers as librarians and information officers in education, business and government. They are also library managers, Internet trainers, information architect, and program managers. But whether they are reading stories to children in the public library or developing metadata taxonomies for industry, the goal remains the same: to reduce the barriers standing between people, technology and information.