Placements & Salaries 2013: Explore All the Data

Details on jobs and pay for 2012 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2012 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis. CLICK HERE to download a spreadsheet that contains all of the tables seen below. (You may need to right-click this link and save the file to your computer in order to view it.)  
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As an unemployed recent graduate (May 2013) I can say I haven't received any survey from any source to complete as of yet. I know this is from 2012, but if they do this every year then I question their information gathering. I understand it's difficult to get people to respond to surveys, but information this incomplete isn't really of any help to anyone. There are so few responses this data more or less useless. From what I gather they had a response rate of about 29%, meaning for 71% of the graduate population they have absolutely no clue whether they are employed or not. But this gives the false impression that 74% of new 2012 graduates are unemployed. When I do the math and take only the number of respondents with the number of employed, I come up with a much more reasonable unemployment rate of 3-4% (which would be inline with national averages for those with higher education).

Posted : Jan 14, 2014 10:07

Steve Neff

Each October SLA conducts a survey of placements this year the overall placement rate is 26% 6184 graduates and 1648 placements. It would be interesting to do a follow-up study a year later on Library graduates performance instead of 5 months since graduation do 18 months graduation. Even without additional surveys these results are poor. A prison rehabilitation program that had a 26% placement rate I would question the management of the program. It seems that no alarm bells are being raised by the American Library Science Association the agency that accredits these programs.

Posted : Jan 02, 2014 03:41

P. Granger

Hi, is it possible for Ms. Maatta or someone from LJ to respond to these comments about the columns not adding up correctly and the disparity in the data between schools that responded to the survey and those that didn't? And, as Chad asked, is it possible to obtain the raw data? I find it troubling that LJ puts this information that affects livelihoods and reputations out into the world and will not provide responses to some really fundamental questions.

Posted : Nov 24, 2013 05:13

Meredith Schwartz

Ms. Maata has been contacted and will respond as soon as possible; unfortunately she is dealing with a personal issue, so there may be some delay.

Posted : Nov 24, 2013 05:13


Sorry, don't mean to beat a dead horse, but one more strange total in Table 7, for "Other Organizations." I have added the numbers in the first column up a couple of times, and I get 276 (vs. 334 shown in the table). That's pretty far off. Is it just so late in the workday on a Monday that I've become completely incoherent?

Posted : Nov 19, 2013 05:56

Chad Harper

Hello, Are the raw data available from this? Not the summary spreadsheet as provided, but rather the detailed response data? There are some figures on this that are presenting statistically dubious information and there should be more analysis on central tendency. Also, the totals on the first 4 data columns of table 2 are wrong. Left to right they should be 1528, 776, 195, 977. Thanks! CH

Posted : Nov 17, 2013 06:12


I'm getting wrong totals for the entire bottom row of Table 1. When I add the columns, I get 1862, 984, 169, 235, 1454, 152, and 257. There is a note at the bottom of the table explaining that the tables "do not always add up, individually or collectively, since both schools and individuals omitted data in some cases." But shouldn't the columns always add up? These totals are just counting the number of respondents in each category.

Posted : Nov 17, 2013 06:12


And for Table 6, I'm getting a total of 1506 for the first column. Again, shouldn't that column total in a pretty straightforward way? What am I not getting about how these numbers are being interpreted and presented?

Posted : Nov 17, 2013 06:12


Maybe I'm not reading this right, but I'm getting different numbers on all but two of the total placements by type of organization. Here are my numbers that are different from the ones displayed in the table: All Public: 404; All School: 143; All Academic: 339; All Special: 74; and All Government: 34. For the last two, All Archives and All Vendors, I get the same total displayed on the table.

Posted : Nov 17, 2013 06:12

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