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Master of Science in Library and Information Science Careers

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The ALA accredited Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) from St. John’s University prepares you for a variety of careers in library science. Our forward-thinking curriculum is taught by practicing professionals who are current in the field and will provide you with the essential competencies, technology experience and training, and e-portfolio you need to appeal to employers and stand out in the competitive and rewarding field of library science.

“The program offered flexible course scheduling and students are prepared for the profession as they create a portfolio to showcase their skills. Faculty members are supportive and value research scholarships as they prepare students with technological skills for the profession. I learned the most effective way to copyright images and describe images so the information could be retrieved in searches. My program has opened up opportunities to conduct leadership roles in universities working with research teams that secured grant funding.”
– Renee Pistone, Director of Corporate Libraries
Management for Information Professionals specialization

Some sample job industries and environments you will be prepared for include:

  • Academic libraries
  • Archives, museums, and record centers
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Higher education/corporate training
  • Hospital/medical/pharmaceutical libraries
  • Market research
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public libraries
  • Publishing and
  • Research

Below are some typical job titles in the library and information science field, accompanied by median salaries:

Job TitleMedian Salary
Senior Research Analyst$68,6401
Library Director$62,1011
Head Librarian$55,6681
Medical Librarian$54,1441
Librarian, Special Library$51,1881
Reference Librarian$48,3351
Archivist, Curators, and Museum Workers$46,7102
School Librarian$45,3011

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for librarians are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Growth in the field is expected to be limited by local government budget restrictions, however, the growing number of digital resources now available to modern library patrons will help reinforce the need for librarians. In this environment, job prospects will be most promising for librarians with technology training and experience, such as the training provided by the M.S.L.I.S. program at St. John’s.

Library and information science graduates can expect to earn different incomes depending on their positions. As libraries change to meet community and user demands, they will hire a growing number of professionals who know how to work with complex data in roles as data curators and managers, data preservationists, and digital asset managers.

The M.S.L.I.S. degree prepares graduates not only for traditional library science roles, but also for more technologically oriented positions that are emerging as patrons increasingly seek technological services from their local libraries. These financially rewarding job titles include:

Job TitleMedian Salary2
Information Systems Manager$131,600
Information Security Analyst$90,120
Computer Systems Analyst$85,800
Database Administrator$81,710
Network and Computer Systems Administrator$77,810

Advance your career with an online graduate degree from St. John’s University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or Request More Information today!


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