Employment and career prospects for
Library and Information Technology graduates
Embracing the Future
The importance and the challenges of managing information and human knowledge is becoming increasingly important as the emphasis on electronic information expands at an unprecedented rate.
There are tremendous opportunities in becoming part of the industry that studies, organizes, evaluates, and acquires information for the purpose of connecting people with information. Information centres embody a broad range of environments that range from public libraries to face-paced corporate organizations that must provide relevant, accurate, and timely information to their clients.
Graduates of the UFV LIBIT program can transfer their skills to an extremely broad range of working environments.
Graduate Employment Survey
The LIBIT department tracks employment placements for recent graduates and in the last three years, 94-99% of all of our graduates have found full-time or part-time employment within the first 8 months of graduation. Currently, 25% of those graduates make between $21 and $25 per hour and 50% make between $16 and $20 dollars per hour.
The Library Technicians and Interest Group (LTAIG) of the British Columbia Library Association has produced its own survey of Canadian support staff that also indicates healthy employment opportunities and wages. Details of this study can be found at: Results of the 2005 LTAIG Survey of Canadian Library Support Staff
Graduates of the UFV Library and Information Technology diploma program have the unique opportunity of laddering their diploma into a Bachelor’s of General Studies degree. This degree can provide students with the option of pursuing interdisciplinary studies in a wide array of subjects. This is a wonderful option for those considering a possible future in graduate studies, including that of information science. Some graduates of the LIBIT program have continued their education to pursue a Masters of Library and Information Studies.