Graduate Salary
6 years
Avg Length

Library Science Requirements

Library and information science is a relatively new academic field that encompasses both information technology and library science. Many libraries now operate digitally, and their digital services must be planned, implemented, and supported by trained professionals with a library and information science background. A Library Science degree teaches students how to navigate the digital world and how to find, organize, and preserve information—and connect people and communities to it.

Library Science Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Library Science degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Library Science degrees have experience in is Librarian, followed by Library Assistant, Archivist, Proofreader, Rancher, Editor, Machine Feeder, Javascript Developer, Administrative Assistant, and Publicist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Librarian 24.5% 0.2% 125.4×
Library Assistant 12.4% 0.2% 49.6×
Archivist 6.8% 0.1% 113.6×
Proofreader 1.5% 0.1% 12.5×
Rancher 0.4% 0.0% 9.3×
Editor 2.5% 0.4% 5.8×
Machine Feeder 0.8% 0.0% 24.8×
Javascript Developer 0.6% 0.0% 48.3×
Administrative Assistant 4.3% 1.5% 3.0×
Publicist 0.7% 0.1% 9.4×

Library Science Salary

Library Science graduates earn on average $22k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $20k
Median (average earners) $22k
75th (top earners) $22k

Library Science Underemployment

Library Science graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 54%
Part-Time 29%
Low-paying 26%

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