In many ways I envy new students to SLIS. A blank slate lies in front of you. You get to put your toes in the water and find out which aspects of the information profession interest and excite you. What courses you take may determine what kind of job you get in the future.
So why don’t you check out the Emerging Career Trends for Information Professionals report? Every summer a student assistant at SLIS looks at more than 450 job postings for information professionals. Each posting is scanned for keywords, required skills and duties, and the work site where the job will be based. The results are tabulated and organized so both students and working professionals can explore a brief snapshot of what the job market looks like.
Here are some highlights that stood out to me in the most recent report:
32% of jobs required significant technological skills
56% required additional work experience
(Keep that internship in mind for later.)