Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Library science

Library science field of degree. Employment: 31,030. Median annual wage: $46,000.

Library science field of degree. Employment: 31,030. Median annual wage: $46,000

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Table 1. Library science degree, 2018

Data

Library science

All fields

Employment

31,030 55,381,020

Median wage

$46,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

23 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

63 59

Percent with an advanced degree

68 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of library science major, 2018

Library science major

Major share

Library science

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a library science degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

49%

Management occupations

12

Business and financial operations occupations

10

Office and administrative support occupations

9

Sales and related occupations

4

Other

16

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a library science degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 2% 74%

Human resources specialists

7 Bachelor's degree 3 18

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

6 Bachelor's degree 2 28

Librarians and media collections specialists

5 Bachelor's degree 32 60

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 8 50

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 4 55

Accountants and auditors

4 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Logisticians

4 Bachelor's degree 2 11

Substitute teachers, short-term

3 Bachelor's degree 2 22

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Library science,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/library-science/library-science-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 22, 2021).

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