Job Placement Report 2017-2018

The Library Journal Placements and Salaries Survey of 2017 graduates from Master of Library and Information Science programs has just been released. Of the graduates of the University of Maryland’s MLIS program who were awarded their degree between January 1 and December 31, 2017, 91.2% had a job before graduation and 97.2% had a job within 2 months of graduation.

Graduates of the program in 2017 took jobs in a wide range of institutions. The two largest employers of graduates were academic libraries (26.5%) and government agencies (23.5%), with archives and special collections (11.8%), public libraries (11.8%), and elementary and secondary school libraries (11.8%) following close behind. Many of the institutions where these graduates took positions are in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC region, but some also were in farther flung places like Scotland.

These positions include roles as Children’s Librarian, Law Librarian, Archivist, Digital Preservation Librarian, Music Reference Specialist, Middle School Librarian, Web Services Librarian, Data Services Librarian, Rare Book Cataloguer, Learning an Engagement Librarian, and Reference and Instruction Manager. The majority of these starting salaries fall within the range of $55,000 to $65,000, and the highest salaries are over $75,000. These positions show just some of the amazing possibilities available to graduates of the MLIS program at the University of Maryland’s iSchool.

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