Career Opportunities

What kinds of careers can I have with an MLIS degree?

The field of library and information science is a diverse one. Graduates are eligible to work in public, academic, school and special libraries. Our graduates have also found positions in special collections, archives, museums and other organizations with information needs.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics publishes a handbook on specific jobs including:

In addition, the ALA Careers Path page and the SLA Careers page provide information and links about future careers.

What are the career prospects for graduates of the School?

The answer to this question depends on many factors, and the School cannot make promises about the job market or which jobs will be available in the future. For some time, the job market has remained strong for academic librarians, particularly those with geographic mobility. The state of Iowa has recently reinstated a requirement that school districts in Iowa have a Teacher Librarian on staff. We anticipate a need for librarians to fill demand created by this mandate. Jobs in knowledge management and special libraries remain solid, but they are also more subject to the health of the economy. See the Library Journal 2017 Placement & Salaries report for recent market information.

How can I find a career mentor?

The University of Iowa Libraries has a popular mentoring program in which students in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) are paired with a librarian for a semester or longer.

For SLIS students, the experience provides the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical framework provided in the classroom, the opportunity to learn more about an aspect of academic research librarianship as a career option, regular contact with a library professional, socialization into the profession, and the chance to form valuable professional networking ties.

For more information on the mentoring program, go here.