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IS Careers

Many of the interesting problems and questions (and jobs) of the future will be concerned with the interactions between people and information systems. To prepare students to solve these problems, the undergraduate programs in Information Science cover both technical issues and social science issues. Many Information Science and Information Science, Systems, and Technology graduates have gone on to careers that involve the design, development, and testing of interactive systems, from Web sites to mobile devices to software, and to leadership roles such as product management. The multi-disciplinary nature of the Information Science program can also prepare students for careers in other fields where expertise in interface design, data management, and other digital solutions are needed, such as healthcare and law.

Students who graduate with a degree in IS can pursue careers in a variety of different fields including, but not limited to:

  • information technology consulting
  • design and development of digital media-based services for business and for the education, scientific, entertainment, or manufacturing industries
  • web search engine and software product development for a broad range of application areas
  • human-computer interaction research and design
  • database design
  • electronic publishing and digital library development

In addition, the careful selection of electives will enable students to pursue advanced studies in a number of graduate fields including:

  • Business Management
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Please see the Potential Employers for Information Science Majors PDF link to the right for a list of some companies that have hired previous Information Science graduates.

Our Alumni News page provides profiles of Information Science alums for all of our programs, to give you an idea of what career paths they have chosen and what is possible with an IS degree. 

Career Services is a resource for all Cornell students in their job searching and career planning. IS and ISST students should visit their college's Career Services office: