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Library science is a major that typically falls into the Library Science category.

There are 44 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in library science, 12 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 79 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 14 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Library Science Degree?

Library science is the most popular college major in the country. In 2017, roughly students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field. The major attracts more women than men. About 91.4% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of library science majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 0%
  • Black or African American: 6.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 9.9%
  • White: 75.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 8.6%
Library Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in library science. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending library science majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as a Library Science Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to library science to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Library Science Majors

Library science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Library Science Majors

Skills for Library Science Majors

When studying library science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Library Science Majors

Abilities for Library Science Majors

A major in library science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for library science Majors

What Can You Do With a Library Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with library science:

Careers Related to Library Science
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Loss Prevention Managers

8%

$107,480

Archivists

14.7%

$52,240

Compliance Managers

8%

$107,480

Regulatory Affairs Managers

8%

$107,480

Security Managers

8%

$107,480

Library Science Professors

8.3%

$71,560

Library Technicians

9.1%

$34,040

Librarians

9%

$59,050

Library Science Major Salary

Library science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $56,000 to $75,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Library Science Major  ( 56000 to 75000 )
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$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Library Science Major Jobs

Some careers associated with library science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for library science careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Library Science
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

4.4%

Post-Secondary Certificate

4.4%

Some College Courses

3.4%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

8%

Bachelor's Degree

35.9%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

1.9%

Master's Degree

32.3%

Post-Master's Certificate

2.6%

First Professional Degree

0.5%

Doctoral Degree

6.2%

Post-Doctoral Training

0.8%

Online Library Science Programs

There are 12 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in library science, with 5 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Library Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for a library science grad is $62,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $452,600 after 20 years!

library science salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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