Library & Information Science Careers

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What Job Can You Get with a Master's Degree Specializing in Library Science?

A Degree in Information (MSI or MI) Library Information Science (LIS) major from Drexel University equips students with the tools, knowledge and skills to pursue a diverse range of competitive library science jobs.

Examples of library and information science careers that graduates holding a MSI-LIS degree may wish to explore include:

  • Associate Editor

    - While the precise tasks of an associate editor vary from one company to the next, the typical duties of this library science job include fact-checking content, compiling and reviewing material, and providing support for a team of writers. The average salary for an associate editor is around $44,000 per year.
  • Chief Information Officer

    - A Chief information officer (CIO), also called an IT director or chief digital information officer (CDIO), is an executive whose job is to ensure that the company is supported by technology that aligns with the company’s goals and vision. The yearly salary for a CIO position ranges from approximately $99,000 to $295,000, among the highest in library science careers (based on PayScale data).
  • Digital Archivist

    - Our library science curriculum prepares students for the role of a digital archivist. Digital archivists compile, organize and maintain virtual archives. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), archivists earn around $50,000 per year on average.
  • Government Records Analyst

    - Government records analysis is the practice of reviewing, assessing, and seeking ways to improve record keeping and data maintenance. According to Glassdoor, the yearly salary for a public records analyst ranges from $22,000 to $61,000.
  • Library Systems and Applications Developer

    - A library systems and applications developer is generally responsible for ensuring that library systems are set up for maximum efficiency. The salary for a library systems and applications developer ranges from $57,000 to $106,000.
  • Competitive Intelligence Analyst

    – A competitive intelligence analyst contributes to executive decision-making by providing and evaluating intelligence on competitors, consumers, or products and services. The average competitive intelligence analyst salary is slightly over $87,900, with a potential range anywhere from $28,000 to $127,000.
  • Information Architect

    – An information architect implements data-driven design strategies to make using applications and websites easier and more informative for users. The salary range for a person in the field of information architecture ranges anywhere from approximately $58,000 to $130,000, depending on experience.
  • Knowledge Management Specialist

    – Working in industries from insurance to pharmaceuticals, those within the knowledge management field evaluate, present, and distribute data to help companies implement best practices and achieve higher efficiency. According to LinkedIn, the average knowledge management specialist salary is $64,500.

What is the Job Outlook for Librarians?

The masters in library science job outlook in the United States is positive, with an approximated 7% growth projected over the next decade. With many librarians reaching retirement age and as digital libraries and electronic methods of storing and procuring library materials increases, there will be a need for individuals with library sciences skills to work with these systems. In addition to libraries, job opportunities for library science graduates can be found in a number of different industries with library and information jobs embedded in tech, finance, or healthcare companies and/or government institutions.

Library and Information Science Salary

The average salary for those with a Masters in Information with the Library Science Track is $84,000 per year, with potential to earn more over time.

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