Interact with the options below to see whether this program is growing or declining in popularity and diversity.
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.
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.
How does the unemployment rate for library science majors compare to the rate for other majors?
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.
How does the median (middle) salary for library science majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in library science.
There are more female library science majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.
Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.
For library science graduates, men generally earn 18% more than women. This is near the middle of salary differentials within each program's graduates.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the salary distribution of library science majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.