The Wall Street Journal today published a sortable listing of how college majors fare in the job market, based on 2010 Census data. Unfortunately, library science fared as one of the worst majors. Among the 173 majors listed, library science majors had the fourth highest unemployment rate at 15 percent. The median salary of $36,000 was fifth from the bottom. And in terms of popularity it held the 159th place out of 173.
LJ’s in-depth 2011 Placements & Salaries Survey found pockets of optimism but generally it reported similarly distressing numbers, particularly in the public library sector. For example, among reports from LIS programs, 34% indicated there was less demand for talent to fill positions than previous years. Employers described getting 200 or more applications for one available spot. Of the 1,547 graduates reporting a job of any type, a mere 59.2% described those jobs as being both permanent and professional.