Information architects are the planners and designers of how to present certain information. They work with clients to develop their goals and objectives to effectively provide information for their target audience. They plan the structure, organization, navigation, labeling, and indexing of complex, multi-page websites and intranets. They do needs and analysis studies for clients, identify and organize content, and create navigational aides for accessing informational systems. They also create prototypes to model the physical layout and expected user experiences of information systems.
Day to Day Duties:
- Doing needs and analysis study and development for their business or clients
- Working with clients to understand and define strategy, content, and features on their
- Analyzing target audiences and their information and functional needs
- Creating site architecture and navigation aides that serve as a blueprint of the site
which all other aspects are created
- Creating wireframes, site maps, schematics, process maps, mockups, working
prototypes and other models to describe the intended user experience
Average Salary: Median Salary: $20,000-$150,000. Salary: Based on various websites and resources (ex. Salary.com, PayScale.com, and SalaryExpert.com). Specialty, gender, age, and location made a big difference in earnings.
According to the University of Indiana School of Informatics, it is predicted that there will be 3.2 million available positions for IT (information technology) professionals in the next five years.
The US Bureau of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition points out that:
“Employment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 38.3 percent and add nearly one-fourth of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment growth will be driven by the increasing reliance of businesses on information technology and the continuing importance of maintaining system and network security. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services also will grow at a staggering 78 percent and account for another third of growth in this supersector. Demand for these services will be spurred by the increased use of new technology and computer software and the growing complexity of business.”
- Computer Science
Additional Courses to Enhance Skills:
Additional Computer Science, Business and Statistics courses
Alternate Job Titles:
- Informatics Officer
- Informatics Architect
- User Experience Designer
- Interaction Designer
- Information Security Architect