Should I be an Information Architect? How?
October 9, 2007 8:22 PM Subscribe
I think I want to be an Information Architect. How can I tell if I am qualified? What additional education should I pursue? If not this, then what given my skill set?
posted by kenzi23 to Work & Money (13 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I was describing my current job woes with a friend who is a software engineer and started talking about what I do well, and what I want to do more of...his conclusion was that I would be a good information architect. I looked this up on Monster to see what the qualifications are and they seem to be sooo wide ranging that I can't really get a good picture of the requirements.
I currently do software support for a law firm and really need to change jobs if not careers. I have an M.A. in Political Science. Most of my jobs have been doing support stuff to a increasing degree of expertise and diversity in technology. Here is what I am good at: graphic design, synergy/integration of technologies, efficiency, organization, work flow efficiency, troubleshooting, marketing, branding, teaching/training/advising, communication, writing, creativity, ideas, big picture, flow, cultural “sensitivity”.
I know tons of software and am good at teaching myself new stuff, but I am not a coder (taught myself HTML, but that's the limit of my "coding), I have a wide breadth of knowledge of software, understand the concept of how it all works (kind of a jack of all trades, master of none), how they can be integrated and from that how that all should be made user-friendly and intuitive. I can definitely dream up things that don't exist and work with others to create what I imagine.
Am I at all qualified to be an Information Architect? Can I get qualified? Is there some lower level job that will take me there? Is there freelance work like this that I can do? Is there some other career that I should be looking at?
BTW, I'm 41 and not keen on taking a pay cut to do entry level and working my way up; suggestions for doing this, however, ARE welcome if only to give me an idea. I can handle myself in an interview and sell this skill set, but I do want to be pointed in the right direction.