Informatics Opens Up New Career Opportunities for College Graduates
Looking for a career that’s a little bit off the beaten path? You might consider ‘informatics’. I can see the look of utter bewilderment in your eyes. “What on earth is informatics?” many of you are asking. (Those of you who already are clued in, please wipe that knowing grin off your faces.) Basically, informatics is the study of information processing. And from the looks of things, this field is opening up new career opportunities for college graduates all the time. What I find intriguing about the job is that it calls upon a variety of disciplines and talents. Now I don’t want to give you the wrong impression. I don’t necessarily embrace a particular field just because it’s the newest thing and gaining in popularity. On the other hand, the workplace must evolve. New careers emerge. Others fade into ancient history. It behooves all of us, especially young people, to be ready, willing, and able to adapt.
A recent USA Today article spotlights a young woman named Allie Woods, who is one of the new breed pursuing a career in informatics. A pharmaceutical graduate, she sidestepped the expected path and instead accepted a position in the new field. In this capacity, she is serving a liaison between her employer, a pharmacy, and the IT department of a hospital.
The remarkable thing about this position is that it required absolutely no job searching on Allie’s part. In fact, she had several offers more than a year before she graduated. But I guess that’s what happens sometimes when you step into a fast-growing field.
Does informatics pique your interest? Can you think of any other new fields worth exploring? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to fire off your comments below. And, of course, if you have any questions or thoughts regarding career options for high school and college students, we’ll be delighted to help.
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