Library & Information Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
5,492
growing 5.41%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,577
declining 1.15%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$40,850
growing 3%
Average Wage
$57,692
declining 0.906%
People in Workforce
24,259
declining 2.39%
Average Employee Age
46.9
declining 7.4%

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

Institutions

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

Tuition costs for Library & Information Science majors are, on average, $7,577 for in-state public colleges, and $40,850 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Library & Information Science programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (60 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (4,635 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Library & Information Science

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Library & Information Science, is Public, 4-year or above (4,635 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,577
Median In-State Public
$40,850
Median Out of State Private

San Jose State University has the most Library & Information Science degree recipients, with 547 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Library & Information Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Simmons University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Library & Information Science, with 10.2% and 9.15%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Library & Information Science

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Library & Information 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 & Information 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 $57,692 and the most common occupations are Librarians and media collections specialists, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Education administrators.

The industry that employs the most Library Science majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$57,692
Average Wage in Workforce
± $8,580
0.906%
1 Year Growth
± 19.9%

The average salary for Library Science majors is $57,692 and the most common occupations are Librarians and media collections specialists, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Education administrators.

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Highest Paying Locations

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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

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Library Science majors working as Librarians and media collections specialists, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, and Religious workers, all other.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Library Science majors are Other managers, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, and Education administrators.

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Occupations by Share

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24,259
2019 Workforce
± 3,824
2.39%
1 Year Growth
± 22.7%

The number of Library Science graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 2.39%, from 24,854 in 2018 to 24,259 in 2019.

The largest single share of Library Science graduates go on to work as Librarians and media collections specialists (36.8%). 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

Most Common

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Industries by Share

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24,259
2019 Workforce
± 3,824
2.39%
1 Year Growth
± 22.7%

The number of Library Science graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.39%, from 24,854 in 2018 to 24,259 in 2019.

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

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Specialty Locations

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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 for those who earn a degree in Library Science in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Library Science is 46.9, 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 are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Library Science (3,916 students).

Workforce Age

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46.9
Average Age in 2019
± 2.11 Years
7.4%
1 Year Change
± 6.43%

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 30 years old, which represent 6.91% and 6.47% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Library & Information Science are Masters Degree, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, and Bachelors Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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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 (82.4%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,916 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    527 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    350 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Library & Information 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
    68 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    11 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    7 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Library & Information 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Library & Information Science is from the 2 Digit Course Library Science.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    683 degree recipients
  2. Germany
    426 degree recipients
  3. India
    350 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Germany
    9.61 times more than expected
  2. Taiwan
    6.94 times more than expected
  3. China
    2.92 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Germany that hold Library Science degrees (9.61 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 (683 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Library & Information Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Library & Information Science majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library & Information Science majors need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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 & Information 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 Installation is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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