Explore Our Information Sciences Career Pathways
Information Science is a broad, multidisciplinary field with many practical applications. To help students learn more about the field and courses we offer, SIS Faculty have designed “Pathways” for several information sciences careers and areas of study. These documents provide:
- A listing of courses SIS faculty have deemed relevant for that particular interest, and
- Information about the career path, such as professional organizations and publications, job titles, and possible practicum settings.
Below you will find answers to some questions we’re frequently asked about the Pathways.
What Current Pathways Does the UT School of Information Sciences Offer?
- Academic Librarianship
- Assessment Librarianship
- Data Curation and Data Management
- Digital Collections
- Geographic Information
- Information Organization
- Public Librarianship
- Science Information
- User Experience (UX)
- Youth Services
Am I Required to Take Every Course Listed on a Pathway?
Pathways are intended to provide helpful guidance for students navigating our program, including achieving career and educational goals. The listed courses are not required or mandated.
What if I Can’t Find a Pathway for my Area of Interest?
Pathways are typically focused on more easily-defined career settings, but there are many other ways to use the MSIS degree that may not covered by a Pathway. We encourage students to consult with their faculty advisors.
Do I Still Have to Speak with my Advisor, or Can I Just Follow a Pathway?
Pathways do not substitute for advising. Faculty advisors are always the definitive source for information about which courses and experiences offer the best preparation for your career interests.
Will the List of Pathways Change? How about the Pathways Themselves?
Pathways are dynamic lists that will be continually created and updated by faculty to reflect changes in SIS course offerings and emergent areas of interest in the field. The list of currently available Pathways does not reflect the full range of areas of specialization addressed by the SIS curriculum.
I am on the School Librarianship Track. How do I use the Pathways?
Students interested in school librarianship/school media specialist careers should visit our certificate and licensure page to learn more. This area of interest does not use a Pathway because its curriculum is mandated by the state as part of K-12 teaching licensure.