Technology education for people who want to solve real world problems.
There are few career paths, be it scientific research, business, design, medicine, the fine arts, or telecommunications, in which technology won't play an important part of your work.
Healthcare specialists use electronic medical records to help diagnose disease and discover new ways of treating patients. Advertising firms use research data to create visualizations of customer behavior. Environmental scientists compile big data to track the impact of climate change. Smartphones are awash with apps that can do everything from pay your bills to find the next band you might like.
These are just a few examples, among many, of informatics in action, of using technology to solve the most complex problems. Indeed, understanding the networked complex systems is key to solving some of the most vexing problems confronting humanity, from discovering how thoughts and behaviors arise from dynamic brain connections, to detecting and preventing the spread of misinformation, stigma, or unhealthy behaviors across a population. As an informatics student, you won't just study information technology. You will model how technology impacts the academic disciplines that interest you most.
It's also one of the fastest growing fields in technology, and the demand is high. Last year alone, 88 percent of SoIC's informatics undergraduates secured full-time employment within six months following graduation (with an additional six percent enrolling in graduate school). Among students holding Master's degrees or a Ph.D., 98 percent accepted employment within six months of graduation. In a world of stagnating salaries, our informatics graduates also enjoy an average starting salary more than $10,000 higher than the national average for college graduates.
Informatics gives you a structural path to a bright future while also providing the flexibility you need to study what you love. You'll gain valuable real-world experience and work side-by-side with some of the most innovative thinkers in the field. A degree in informatics will leave you prepared for an exciting career that will keep you on the cutting edge of next generation technology.