Informatics Your Career

Overview

Your Career — Informatics

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. — US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (April 2018)

Informatics Work Environments

The technical and analytical informatics skill set is applicable and transferable to a number of exciting careers across a broad range of industries. The program aims to help students build on their bachelor’s degree and learn a variety of technology skills that can be applied in a variety of environments to create user friendly systems. The Informatics degree focuses on the user and teaches you how to:

  • implement web applications
  • understand network security
  • manage large-scale data sets
  • design effective human-computer interaction systems
  • manage projects
  • build and manage digital assets management systems

A very important area with projected job growth is health. According to the AHIMA, health informatics is “a science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted and utilized … (and) applied to the continuum of health care delivery.”

Possible careers include

  • Analyst Programmer
  • Business Analyst
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Director of Clinical Informatics Research
  • E-Commerce Developer
  • Health Informatics Director
  • Health Records Manager
  • Information Architect
  • Interaction Developer
  • IT Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Online Marketing Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance Lead
  • Sports Data Analyst
  • Statistical Analyst
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Experience Researcher
  • Web Application Developer

Salaries and Job Outlook 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690. In addition, medical and health services managers earned a median pay of $98,350 in 2017.

Informatics jobs are on the rise as regulatory and business requirements make gathering, managing, and drawing conclusions from specific types of data a strategic imperative. This is especially the case in medical and healthcare fields where informatics is being used to improve patient access to their online medical information. The projected job percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026 for medical and health services managers is 20%, much faster than the average of 7%. Learn more about a career in informatics.

Post Nicole Purviance

SJSU Career Services for Informatics Students

Students enrolled in the MS in Informatics program are encouraged to make use of the career services available to them. The San José State University Career Center offers career counseling, interviewing guides, job search tips, and several apps focused on career development.