General Information:

  • Qualifications important to the field include the ability to work well with people, good written and oral communication skills, intelligence and curiosity. Research and computer skills, an eye for detail and a general love of learning are also essential.
  • Understanding trends in media, computers/technology and publishing is important to success in profession.
  • Virtually any undergraduate degree can offer good preparation for graduate programs.
  • Supplement undergraduate curriculum with courses in communications, media, computers, business or technology. Some areas of information or library sciences may require related bachelor’s or master’s degrees.
  • Choose master’s degree programs in library or information science that are accredited by the American Library Association to maximize employment opportunities.
  • A doctorate, either Ph.D. or DLS, may be required for research and university teaching in information science programs or to reach the highest levels of library administration.
  • Currently most library science professionals work in school and academic libraries, but employment opportunities are growing most for information scientists in settings such as corporations, consulting firms and information brokers and in environments involving information on the Internet.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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