Liberal Arts & Humanities - Library Science
If you've spent hours in a library without noticing the passage of time and believe humankind's greatest asset is our collective knowledge and our greatest responsibility is to preserve said knowledge, a degree in Library Science may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Library Science students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In some states, librarians are required to have teaching experience and/or teaching certifications, and many states require librarians to obtain licensure before working in public schools.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Library Science Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Library Science include:
- Media Collections Specialist
- Library Technician and/or Assistant
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Librarians was $59,500 in 2019 (1) while Librarians and Media Collections Specialists earned a mean salary of $61,920 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.