Use your subject

Information School

Think about what 'using your subject' means to you and what you're really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it's a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Information School graduates on Prospects but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Some career options

Our information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start to explore the following occupational areas. However you are not restricted to these and you should also consider any other additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Academic librarian

Academic librarians manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information. They also provide support to members of an academic community including students, researchers and lecturing staff. The role involves facilitating and supporting learning by teaching information retrieval skills to students and staff within classrooms or virtual learning environments. Academic librarians spend considerable time working with electronic resources, involving database management and web page development.

Professional posts require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Use our Occupations section Library and information management for more information and links to useful websites.


Archivists acquire, manage and maintain documents and other materials that have historical importance, and make the information contained in them available to a range of users. They are employed by national/local government organisations, universities, libraries, museums and other public and private sector bodies. Entry is usually via a postgraduate qualification after a period of related work experience.

Use our Occupations section Culture and heritage work for more information and links to useful websites.

Data analyst / scientist

Develops and applies record management systems, analyses and interprets data sets relating to her/his employer's business, and prepares reports using business analytics tools.

Data analysts are in high demand across all sectors, including pharmaceuticals, finance, manufacturing, government and education. They work across broad areas including business intelligence, data assurance, data quality, sales and marketing.

You might work for the organisation itself, eg a pharmaceutical company, or for a consultancy working on their behalf. Alternative job titles might include value analyst or business intelligence analyst.

Use our Occupations section Data science for more information and links to useful websites.

Information officer

Information officers manage and develop information to make it easily accessible to others. As well as traditional library materials this role will involve working with electronic information, including online databases, content management systems, open access and digital resources. Job titles in this area can vary so it’s advisable to also search for information manager, adviser, scientist or specialist as well as information officer roles.

Generally a library and information qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is required and some posts also require CILIP Chartered Membership.

Information systems manager

Would be responsible for the computer systems within a company. Tasks may include purchasing hardware and software, providing the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation and ensuring back-up systems operate effectively. Job titles may vary so also look for systems manager and service delivery manager when job hunting. These roles are available in any organisation across many sectors including the industry and service sector.

Public librarian

Public librarians acquire, organise, promote and disseminate a range of resources to meet the diverse needs of the community. They support independent learning and encourage reader development. Public librarians need to be highly proficient in the use of ICT as part of the role involves assisting the public. Communication and interpersonal skills are essential to build up relationships with members of the public and assisting with specific learning needs or community groups.

Professional posts require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).