The first placements and salaries after completing library and information science (LIS) programs reported this year provide a snapshot of a healthy job market characterized by rising salary levels and work that calls for both traditional and nontraditional skills and roles.
Placements and Salaries Survey
Library Journal's Placements and Salaries Survey
Salary levels differ by library type. This year the top three library types in terms of number of placements are the public library, college/university library, and private industry. Of these three institutional types, only private industry offered salaries that exceeded the overall average at $68,424. This suggests that while graduates are finding jobs in libraries, these positions are often in libraries that cannot offer higher salaries. These top three placement situations also provide another insight: the large number of placements in private industry is an indicator of the expanding market for the LIS skill set.
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LJ contacted all 49 of the 52 LIS schools in the United States and offered each the opportunity to participate in the survey. Forty-three of these schools responded. Of these, 38 schools completed an institutional survey reporting on the demographics of their 2014 graduates. Thirty-four schools contacted their 2014 graduates and elected either to send their graduates a link to the LJ web survey or to collect paper surveys that were mailed to LJ. Nine schools instead decided to provide LJ with data the school collected from its graduates and submitted in a report to LJ.
Library and information science (LIS) graduates are finding their place in a market that demands creativity, flexibility, and a solid set of LIS skills that represent the profession’s foundations and future. This year’s list of job titles reflects ones we know well from the bedrock of our field (children’s librarian, reference librarian) and those that are less familiar from the frontiers ahead (content strategy consultant, data steward). However, familiarity can be an illusion. In many cases, jobs with the same title list very different sets of job responsibilities. Answering this challenge requires job seekers to identify desired skill sets very carefully and to consider jobs with unfamiliar titles. Future job seekers may want to consider this competency-based approach when conducting their job search.