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1,308 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
611 Master's Degrees Annually
#6 in Popularity
$114,000 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Informatics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many informatics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,308
Master’s Degree 611
Associate’s Degree 48
Basic Certificate 30
Doctor’s Degree 26
Undergraduate Certificate 19
Graduate Certificate 14

What Informatics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to informatics and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Informatics Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Informatics Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to informatics:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Informatics Majors

A major in informatics will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Informatics Major?

People with a informatics degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620
Software Developers, Systems Software 11.1% $110,000

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics?

1,308 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
28% Percent Women
35% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 72% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of informatics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Informatics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 245
Black or African American 59
Hispanic or Latino 99
White 651
International Students 169
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Geographic Diversity

Informatics appeals to people across the globe. About 12.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Informatics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Informatics majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $108,080 to $123,850 (25th to 75th percentile). 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with informatics 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for informatics careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.9%
Some College Courses 1.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 70.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.7%
Master’s Degree 17.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.5%
Doctoral Degree 5.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.9%

Online Informatics Programs

In 2018-2019, 66 schools offered a informatics program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 3
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 1
Bachelor’s Degree 10 2
Post-Baccalaureate 7 3
Master’s Degree 31 11
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Informatics Worth It?

The median salary for a informatics grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 186% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,482,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to informatics.

Major Number of Grads
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Information Technology 26,468
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,143
Artificial Intelligence 326

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