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What's the value of studying library science - what careers could those skills be applied to?

I was recently told by my parents that a degree in library science would be vastly impressive in the workforce, but I'm still not sure if it's something that I'd want to spend money on studying in college.
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David’s Answer

Hi, Grace! First off, have you checked the Occupational Outlook Handbook for information on the future of employment in the library field? This might give you some idea of employability with a library science degree currently. Personally, I'm not so certain that such a credential would be "vastly impressive" in the workforce, in general. In recent years, professional library degrees have been greatly devalued, with many companies opting to let go of their professional librarians in favor of having non-professional staff take them over. This is, in my opinion, a rather "sickening" devaluation of the skills of a professional librarian. Many companies and local governments don't have the funds to employ a degreed librarian--or even see why one should be necessary. You are right to question the value of such a degree in today's world. Do as much research as you can possibly do before committing the time and expense of pursuing a professional degree in Library Science. Good luck to you in your career search!
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Jodi’s Answer

A MLIS degree is very useful if you are interested in libraries, data, and information, particuarly if you like to find information and/or organize data. Think about your interests and if these are among them, then I would suggest looking into a Library Science graduate program. Also if you like data, consider a data analysis program.
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