6 Interesting Jobs for Library Science Majors

6 Interesting Jobs for Library Science Majors

Not every library science major works in a library. If you think your future career will surround you with bookshelves, think again. Here are just a few of the many interesting jobs that incorporate your unique skills with a library science degree. Note: some of these careers require only a bachelor’s, others a master’s.

1. If you have a mind for marketing…

Businesses need employees who are ready to whip through research to recommend solutions. If you can see yourself in a boardroom, consider the field of market research. Cultivate expertise in a particular industry to strengthen your resume, and you could find yourself working for a large corporation as their research expert.

2. If you have a hankering to build…

There are whole libraries dedicated to the research and thoughtful planning of buildings and public spaces. As cities hasten to create trends of intentional, careful growth rather than haphazard, wasteful sprawling, they need the research and expertise of an architecture librarian.

Often possessing a background in architecture or architectural history, the librarian is responsible not just for knowing about the past, but for thinking creatively about the urban future.

3. If your fingers itch for a keyboard…

In the information age, we need experts in information more than ever. With their attention to detail and research skills, library science majors often slide easily into careers that focus on a computer rather than on a book. If you’re more comfortable with a spreadsheet than with the Dewey Decimal Classification, consider a career in the high-demand field of computer systems management.

4. If you love kids…

A recent push in urban neighborhoods is to acquire toy libraries. Some are tucked inside a public library, but others operate independently. If you enjoy playing with kids all day and organizing toys on a shelf, maybe consider filling this position.

5. If you’re obsessed with antiques…

Many libraries will hire librarians for specific collections of historic values–sometimes containing more than just books. If you’re fascinated by a certain time period, event, or individual, consider specializing in order to become an archivist or curator of historic documents. You could spend your days archiving documents about the Lost Colony of Roanoke or the Minnesota Vikings.

6. If you’re better with a bottle than a book…

If your palate is a fan of sophisticated wines, then maybe you have a career as a wine librarian. Yes, they do exist. A wine librarian knows not just about the taste of wine, but about its history, its production, and its industry challenges. Wine libraries are most heavily concentrated in California, so head west if this career interests you.

Don’t forget that your first job probably won’t be your last. According to LibraryScienceList.com, the pay rate for librarians in administrative positions (think head librarian or library director) has actually gone up. This means that you will have an easier time entering the workforce and will find a budding job market with new opportunities that grow different skill sets. Your future career awaits.