Saturday, April 29, 2006

The 10 Hottest Occupations, On librarianship not being one of them anymore

Five to ten years ago, library schools were abuzz with projections about the importance of information professionals with MLS degrees and their roles in the New Economy. This line of thinking is as dated as the term 'information superhighway' and now you are faced with the startling realization that your skill sets aren't needed nearly as much as the dean of your grad school had promised. You read magazines that compile annual lists of the hottest job trends and you see that an MLS degree is sandwiched between 'Clerk at Doctor's Office' and 'Phone Sex Operator,' though either of those professions would probably pay better. And with every passing day, your technical skills become more outdated and less relevant to the work force at large.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think those deans were trying to survive for another 5 years in the academic jungle.

Anonymous said...

I think those deans are on a meth/crack rock cocktail--the same cocktail that the creators of those ads in SLA Bulletin showing the crew inside a spaceship or whatever doing something really dynamic, and the dude in the middle of it all is (of course) a librarian.

Anonymous said...

Man, the biggest mistake I ever made was getting an MLS! My advisors were soooo convincing though....and now I'm stuck in a job I absolutely hate with $12,000 left of a student loan-what a waste.

Scout Finch said...

I enjoy listening to 8-track tapes while I travel the "Information Superhighway". While drinking a cold Tab Cola.