Non-Librarian Jobs for Library Science Majors
Library science majors aren’t restricted to simply working in libraries any longer: A large number of interesting career opportunities outside of academia and the public library system are available when you earn a Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) degree. In this day and age, when so much information is stored and exchanged, a high demand exists for quality information science experts. Librarians have many opportunities with vendors, publishers and consulting groups who provide goods and services to libraries, including the following careers:
Information architecture is all about the structural design of shared information environments, primarily online communities, but also encompassing large websites and organization-wide intranet sites. Information architects design the structure, layout, logical organization, and, sometimes, the content of websites. Large public and private sector employers depend on information architects to design efficient systems intended for exchanging vast amounts of information.
Knowledge Management Specialist
Knowledge management specialists organize knowledge databases in a way that makes the topics at hand readily shareable and usable, and they provide internal and external support to the organization’s employees, clients, users, strategic partners and other stakeholders.
Usability engineering is closely related to UI and UX (user interface and user experience) jobs in that it is concerned with human-computer interactions and ensuring that these interactions are user-friendly. Librarians make excellent usability engineers for information-heavy organizations in achieving both aesthetics and efficiency in designing user interfaces.
Modern library science qualifies librarians for information systems and administration jobs, such as data administration, which involves the management, maintenance, troubleshooting and support of database systems in large organizations. Database administration roles may be strictly in an information management capacity, while other employers may require a strong cybersecurity background.
Trained librarians have a plethora of opportunities as independent information professionals who form their own businesses researching and managing information for clients (often IT departments of mid-size and large enterprises), and also as information managers and researchers within large organizations. Librarians can master virtually any kind of information research, with market research and patent searches representing the two fields with the strongest demand.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
In the digital age, CIOs have become one of the most important elements of the C-suite, because they are responsible for the IT and computer systems that keep the organization’s blood flowing. Librarians are excellent candidates for these senior executive positions, as they have the thorough knowledge to set IT policies, practice development, planning, budgeting, and training and management of IT employees.
As you can see, librarians have many options apart from the library environment; a degree in library science opens a door to a host of well-paying jobs and business opportunities in both the public and private sectors. The USC Marshall School of Business MMLIS program is designed for the 21st century, and it will prepare you to take part in the ever-changing digital landscape.