LIS Career Trends Report


MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot Of Job Postings
LIS Jobs Analysis

The San José State University 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 exploring career paths for information professionals
  • Current MLIS students preparing to enter the job market and/or planning the courses they will take to develop marketable skills
  • Practitioners interested in learning how they might expand their career options
  • Information center leaders who are responsible for creating and recruiting for tomorrow’s jobs
  • Educators who are preparing students for successful careers in the information profession

There is an expanding need for expertise in online instruction and instructional design. 

The most recent jobs report analyzes and discusses a collection of 400 job postings for library and information science (LIS) professionals posted on LIS-specific and general job search websites during January and April 2020. The data cover employer types, job titles, in-demand skills, job-specific experience, and job duties filtered from a broad range of job postings from organizations representing 50 states plus Washington D.C.

The time frame of this snapshot view coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The data reflect a period of transition before the full effects of the public health crisis have been realized.

In our analysis, we have identified trends that are likely to expand into larger shifts in employment for information professionals. We also acknowledge the long-term impact on the economy and workforce due to COVID-19 is unknown.

Download the MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings report.