The term "informatics" is used to describe information processing and the creation of information systems. Informatics jobs can be divided into three broad categories: research, processes analysis and system design or architecture. These jobs can be found in most industrialized nations but typically are concentrated in urban centers. People with informatics jobs typically work in is either a classroom or an office, complete with at least one computer, a telephone and related technology.
Informatics jobs increased in the early 21st century and can be expected to continue growing at an above-average rate. This work is used as a basis for computer system designs, user interfaces and automated processes. In addition to contributions to the field of system design, informatics research explores the impact of technology on human behavior and thinking.
In order to qualify for informatics jobs, post-secondary education in information systems, informatics or information studies is required. These programs are available at the graduate level, with completion of a recognized undergraduate degree a prerequisite for admission. Potential students will need to research in order to identify schools that offer any of these programs, because those schools are so small in number.
Process analysis is a generic term used to describe business process evaluation, re-engineering and procedural review. A process is the set of individual steps or tasks that must be completed in a specific order to meet a target or goal. Process analysis involves a detailed review of the current process, evaluation of efficiency and effectiveness and the identification of bottlenecks. This type of analysis can be used for processes that are completely automated and those that require human intervention.
Informatics jobs related to system design are independent from the tasks and responsibilities of a computer systems designer. This type of informatics job focuses on the theories and concepts used as building blocks in the industry standard system development and architecture processes. Through the work of the informatics professional, these standard processes are changed to accommodate more scenarios and streamline the overall process.
Research is a primary focus for many informatics jobs. This type of work can be divided into two categories: systems and humans. Systems research involves the review of new methodologies and investigation of challenges in system development. The impact of technological developments on human social interaction and behavior is a growing field of informatics, and it is one that has a huge impact on the workplace and systems design.