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. It also provides highly valuable recommendations for LIS job seekers beginning on page 44.

Since 2022, demand for LIS skills has increased by 3% in business and corporate jobs and increased by 2% in museum and archives jobs. – page 10

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

The MLIS degree is required or preferred in 63% of LIS job posts. — page 17 

The most recent jobs report analyzes and discusses a random sample of 400 job postings for library and information science (LIS) professionals posted on LIS-specific and general job search websites between February 1 and April 14, 2023. 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 all 50 states plus Washington D.C. This survey’s data may reflect residual impacts of the COVID-19 crisis as employers continue to reassess workforce needs and operations.

Experience is required or preferred in 88% of job announcements. — page 18

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