Working in information management with A levels (or similar)

You would be helping to manage the storage and use of information, using computerised records and databases.

You could progress to managing a team or a database. Databases are computer systems that store and order information.

You could work for a business, such as a bank or insurance company, or in a hospital, library or charity.

Example jobs

Data entry clerk
Inputs records onto a computer system.

Data entry supervisor or team leader
Supervises a team of data entry staff.

Database assistant
Helps the database manager to run a large information system.

Database administrator
Runs a small database.

Information officer
Classifies information, researching users’ enquiries and possibly supervising staff.

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

You will earn a higher salary for technical experience or qualifications, managing large or complex database or supervising staff.

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Typical working conditions

  • Whatever the business, you are likely to be office-based.
  • You may travel to other parts of the organisation to deal with users or customers.

Qualifications needed

  • You may need a Level 3 IT or administration qualification.
  • Some jobs ask for specialist knowledge of the organisation, such as jobs in a university or medical centre.
  • Employers may also expect some experience in an IT-related job (perhaps on a helpdesk or in a technical call centre).

Career path

You may be promoted to a more senior role, perhaps as a manager or team leader.
Alternatively, you could move to a bigger organisation to design and maintain larger and more complex information systems.

Useful links

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NHS careers

Opportunities in information management in the NHS

Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)

What is information management?