Emerging Career Trends for Information Professionals: A Snapshot of Job Titles

The SJSU School of Information’s MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings report provides insight into the skills and knowledge needed in the 21st century information profession. The report is an excellent resource for:

  • Future MLIS students who may be exploring career paths for information professionals
  • Current MLIS students who are getting ready to enter the job market
  • Practitioners who are considering how they might expand their career options in the information profession
  • Information center leaders who are creating and recruiting for tomorrow's jobs

The most recent jobs report analyzes and discusses a collection of 400 jobs for library and information science (LIS) professionals posted on LIS-specific and general job search websites during February and March 2017. The data covers employer types, job titles, in-demand skills, job-specific experience, and job duties filtered from a broad range of job postings from organizations representing 43 states plus Washington D.C.

By conducting a brief analysis of the jobs posted in the early spring of 2017, some trends emerged. For example, the most in-demand skill set across all jobs was "communication/interpersonal skills." Many employers are looking for applicants who are good communicators and work well in a collaborative environment. In addition, employer categories are continuing to diversify with corporate/business employers and government/military employers increasing their job postings since the last report was conducted in 2016. Job candidates who hold an MLIS degree also have a job-hunting edge. Analysis of the job postings collected revealed that more than two-thirds of the positions advertised either required or preferred candidates with an MLIS degree.

The MLIS Skills at Work report also includes recommendations for LIS job seekers. For example, job candidates are advised to get as much LIS-related experience as possible, which can include on-the-job experience, volunteer work, internships, and course work. Another helpful tip found in the report is to participate in activities that demonstrate dedication to ongoing professional development and be an active member in professional organizations like students chapters of ALA, SLA, SAA, and ASIS&T.

Download the MLIS Skills at Work Report