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Library and information science is a program that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to develop, organize, store, retrieve, administer, and facilitate the use of local, remote, and networked collections of information in print, audiovisual, and electronic formats and that prepares individuals for professional service as librarians and information consultants.
Careers for program graduates
Library and information science majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Librarians and Media Collectio...Education and childcare admini...Elementary and Middle School S...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersArchivists, curators, and muse...First-Line Supervisors of Non-...Clerical Library AssistantsComputer and Information Syste...Accountants and Auditors
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in library and information science at each level last year.
02K4K6K1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all library and information science graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 84% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in library and information science earned in the last academic year, 83% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 84% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in library and information science.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in library and information science have a median salary of $52,452.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 71% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 55% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
All of the following employment data applies to people holding a bachelor's degree in library and information science.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.4%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 57% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 3% of workers who earned a bachelor's in library and information science are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Library Science, perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Library Science and Administration doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field library science and administration, which includes library and information science.

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Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of library science bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 25.9% of library science graduates are currently not working, but only 2.4% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 23.5% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
Federal government
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Local government
Self Emp. Incoporated
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Private not-for-profit
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Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for library science majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for library science majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for library science majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$54K$54K$49K$52K$52K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitState governmentOverall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for library science majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for library science majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in library science.

Men (14%)
Women (86%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female library science majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For library science graduates, men generally earn 18% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.

Insights from the ages of library science bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for library science graduates.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all library and information science completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 95% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in library and information science
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 71% library science majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of library science majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 94% of other fields.

Distribution: library science majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of library science majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

55%38%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in library science

This section is based on a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major contained in the American Community Survey. The charts within this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this field.

Explore Careers
Careers for library science majors

Where do library science majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in library and information science.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten library science careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by library science graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

English Language and Lite...HistoryElementary EducationGeneral EducationLibrary SciencePsychologyBusiness Management and A...CommunicationsPolitical Science and Gov...SociologyGeneral BusinessBiologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceMathematicsChemistryNursingPhysicsArt History and CriticismFine ArtsAnthropology and Archeolo...Studio ArtsPhysical Fitness, Parks, ...EconomicsGeneral Computer and Info...Management Information Sy...Computer EngineeringLibrarians and MediaCollections SpecialistsEducation and childcareadministratorsElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersSpecialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersArchivists, curators, andmuseum techniciansFirst-Line Supervisors ofNon-Retail Sales WorkersClerical Library AssistantsComputer and InformationSystems ManagersAccountants and AuditorsAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
What careers hire library science majors as one of their top 10?

To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire library science majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by library science majors.

Librarians and Media Coll...All other careersLibrary ScienceAll other degreesDegree in top 10 employedDegree
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer library and information science degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Library Science and Administration. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Explore library and information science graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The full list of schools is in the first table you encountered, and here we share the data that select universities have chosen to provide. You'll find more information about these programs on each school's page under "Programs Offered" -- select any table row to see this!

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Explore similar programs

Library and Information Science is part of a larger collection of programs: Student Counseling, Library Science, and other Education-adjacent fields. Is there a different program that's close to Library and Information Science that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.