Library Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

5,715

declining 7.07%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,056

growing 5.66%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$37,500

growing 1.46%

Average Wage

$56,878

growing 10.2%

People in Workforce

22,534

declining 4.17%

Average Employee Age

50.6

growing 5.47%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Library Science degree recipients are San Jose, CA, Denton, TX, and Boston, MA. The locations with a relatively high number of Library Science degree recipients are Clarion, PA, Emporia, KS, and River Forest, IL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Library Science is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Library Science and the types of students that study this field. San Jose State University awards the most degrees in Library Science in the US, but Simmons College and Dominican University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Library Science.

Tuition costs for Library Science majors are, on average, $7,056 for in-state public colleges, and $37,500 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Library Science programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (66 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (4,423 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Library Science

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Library Science, is Public, 4-year or above (4,423 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Library Science programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,056

Median In-State Public

$37,500

Median Out of State Private

San Jose State University has the most Library Science degree recipients, with 512 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Library Science.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 15.1%

  2. 11.5%

  3. 10.1%

Out of all institutions that offer Library Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Simmons College and Dominican University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Library Science, with 15.1% and 11.5%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Library Science

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Library Science by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Library Science.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Library Science graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Library Science majors is $56,878 and the most common occupations are Librarians, Education administrators, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Library Science majors is Libraries & archives, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Computer Systems Design.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$56,878

Average Wage in Workforce

± $7,418

10.2%

1 Year Growth

± 17.1%

The average salary for Library Science majors is $56,878 and the most common occupations are Librarians, Education administrators, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

Highest Paying Pumas

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Library Science majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Library Science majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

The most common occupations Library Science majors, by number of employees, are Librarians, Education administrators, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Library Science majors working as Librarians, Education administrators, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Library Science majors are Miscellaneous managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Education administrators.

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Occupations by Share

22,534

2017 Workforce

± 3,685

4.17%

1 Year Growth

± 23.9%

The number of Library Science graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 4.17%, from 23,514 in 2016 to 22,534 in 2017.

The largest single share of Library Science graduates go on to work as Librarians (31.6%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Library Science by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

22,534

2017 Workforce

± 3,685

4.17%

1 Year Growth

± 23.9%

The number of Library Science graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.17%, from 23,514 in 2016 to 22,534 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Library Science graduates by share is Libraries & archives, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Library Science.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Library Science majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Library Science in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Library Science is 50.6, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Library Science degrees, and White students earn the majority (4,150) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

50.6

Average Age in 2017

± 1.96 Years

5.47%

1 Year Change

± 5.29%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Library Science. The most common ages of employees with this major are 48 and 43 years old, which represent 8.87% and 8.43% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Library Science are Masters Degree, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Library Science are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (81.8%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Library Science.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,150 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    472 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    307 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Library Science for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    59 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    10 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    6 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Library Science. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. China

    568 degree recipients

  2. Korea

    423 degree recipients

  3. India

    338 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Korea

    4.05 times more than expected

  2. China

    2.73 times more than expected

  3. India

    1.12 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Korea that hold Library Science degrees (4.05 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is China (568 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Library Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Library Science majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library Science majors need more than the average amount of Management of Material Resources, Management of Financial Resources, and Service Orientation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Library Science majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Management of Material Resources is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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