Explore Career Pathways

It's an exciting time to be an information professional. The field of library and information science is rapidly evolving, and the knowledge and skills learned in the graduate programs at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science are applicable and transferable to numerous career pathways, including librarianship, emerging technologies, information architecture, archival studies, and more!

Graduates with a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science work in various organizational environments. When asked about the type of organization where they work, during the most recent alumni survey (conducted in January 2014), 27% of survey respondents said they work as an information professional in a non-library environment, in settings such as software companies, the financial services industry, and insurance companies.

In addition, job titles and job responsibilities for information professionals are changing. Check out some of the emerging job titles as identified in the Emerging Career Trends Report:

  • Cloud/Metadata Support Specialist
  • User-Service Specialist
  • Metadata Librarian
  • Web Developer
  • Emerging Technologies Librarian
  • Taxonomy Analyst
  • Electronic Resources Specialist
  • Virtual Services Librarian

We realize that the vast choice in career opportunities can overwhelm new students. Many of the career pathways you can pursue at SJSU SLIS may pique your interest and sound like something you'd like to do as your profession. Our Career Development resources offer tools, advice, and insight to help you identify the career direction best suited for you personally.

As you ponder the vast opportunities, we encourage you to explore the career pathways at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science, browse the latest news about our curriculum, and read stories about current SJSU SLIS students' personal career objectives.

Our MLIS curriculum is constantly updated to address emerging trends in our field.