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 continued demand for candidates who possess excellent interpersonal communication, problem-solving, customer relations and teamwork skills, and the ability to demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic commitment to public service. 

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 May 2021. 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 on-going COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the world. This data reflects a period of ongoing changes as institutions and companies continue to reassess workflow and operations.

In our analysis, we have identified trends that can help LIS professionals and students prepare themselves to engage in this market as either a job candidate or a hiring decision-maker. At the same time, we acknowledge that there is no way to predict the new reality as circumstances continue to develop and libraries and other institutions adapt in response.

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