One Year Later: Job Placement Report 2016

Each spring, the MLIS program conducts a survey to explore and quantify the post-graduate experiences of our recent alumni. Specifically, we ask recent grads about their current place of employment, type of industry, and geographic location, as well as the skills they saw as most valuable for their current and future positions. In May 2017, the MLIS Program surveyed alumni who graduated during the 2015-2016 academic year. The survey had an impressive 55% response rate.

What are our grads up to?

Our survey indicates that once again iSchool graduates are excelling at landing jobs. 83% of respondents indicated that they secured or are continuing employment, (full or part-time), within one year of graduation. Once again, academia has taken the lead as the largest employment sector and the government has fallen to second place. Many graduates have also found jobs in archives and public libraries.

Reflecting the diverse nature of information services, graduates are employed in a wide-rage of settings, including:

  • Governmental Institutions: Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, NASA Goddard Library, National Library of Medicine, Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Colleges/Universities: Yale University, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Northern State University
  • Public Libraries: Baltimore County Public Libraries, Frederick County Public Libraries, Boca Raton Public Library, Harford County Public Library
  • Technology: Computercraft Corporation
  • School Libraries: DC Public Schools, Washington Christian Academy
  • Non-profit organizations: American Institute of Physics, Better Markets Inc., OCLC, The Council on Library and Information Resources
  •  Corporate organizations: Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media

85% of respondents indicated satisfaction with the level of preparation for their careers they received during their graduate study, an increase from last year. As part of our ongoing effort to respond to the needs of our students, employers, and the information field, we also asked our recent grads what skills they would have liked to explore further and what sorts of courses/programming they would have considered useful during their studies. From these responses, we will consider ways to further incorporate marketing, finance, and programming skills into the curriculum and programming.View previous reports:

2 thoughts on “One Year Later: Job Placement Report 2016

  1. Hello,
    I am interested in your MLIS program but I see that you offer several specializations. No one specific specialization seems to allow a graduate to be employed in all of the various fields that you mention on your website (Governmental Institutions, Colleges/Universities, Public Libraries, School Libraries, and Corporate and/or Non-profit organizations). I don’t want to be limited to a certain filed after I earn my degree. My question is which specialization would provide me with the most skillset to apply to the most fields of employment?

    • Most students choose the Individualized Program Plan (IPP) which is the “choose your own adventure” approach. Students are required to take the four MLIS core courses and the field study, but can choose to take any electives offered. Students can then customize their degree experience to what they are interested in pursuing professionally. For more information about IPP, please visit the MLIS Curriculum page on the iSchool website or email mlisprogram@umd.edu.

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