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 who may be exploring career paths for information professionals
  • Current MLIS students getting ready to enter the job market
  • Practitioners who may be considering how they might expand their career options in the information profession
  • Information center leaders, responsible for 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 April 2019. 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 43 states plus Washington D.C.

By conducting a brief analysis of the jobs posted in the early spring of 2019, some trends emerged. For example, structured query language (SQL) is quickly becoming a desirable skill across the information profession, especially in business and legal positions. This skill was not listed in previous years, so this may be a great time for students to become familiar with SQL. 

In addition, employers are looking for job candidates who have professional and customer-oriented communication skills, including experience working with and serving diverse communities. 

The MLIS Skills at Work report also includes recommendations for LIS job seekers. Of all the job postings analyzed, 87% were for full-time positions. Therefore, 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. Students should consider how their previous job experience can relate to their future MLIS career and be sure to highlight those skills in their resume and cover letter. Students can also gain experience and build their network by participating 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: A Snapshot of Job Postings report.