Career Paths in Library & Information Sciences
Career Paths in Library and Information Science
An MLIS from the University of Maryland will take you far.
The fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Maryland (UMD) prepares students for careers in a plethora of fields - including government, higher education, archives, museums, libraries, startups, and many other organizations engaged in information activities.
Where do our graduates work?
The latest Library Journal Placements and Salaries Report, which tracks the job placement of alumni within six months of graduation, revealed that UMD MLIS graduates who graduated in 2018 are working in the following fields (with real examples included below).
- Academic libraries
- Government libraries (state or federal government agencies)
- Archives/Special collections
- Public libraries
- Information technology
- Non-profit organizations other than a library
- School libraries
- Corporate organizations
The majority of our MLIS graduates work for academic institutions and elementary/secondary school, with archives/special collections and government libraries also having strong representation. There has been significant growth in the past few years of graduates working in the technology sector.
MLIS graduates are prepared to be leaders in their chosen field. Students graduate from the program with an impressive and diverse set of skills which set them apart from other applicants. Graduates reported that the most valuable skills they learned in the MLIS program were:
Facts and Figures
Average time to degree for LBSC/LBSO Students
Acceptance Rates [LBSC, LBSO, HILS]