As part of a research project on unpaid internships in Ontario academic libraries (forthcoming), I had the chance to play around with data from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). The gap in job seekers vs. opening for the occupational classification of Librarians, Archivists, Conservators and Curators was concerning, to say the least:
This lead me to wonder how many graduates were going to be facing this hiring landscape.
I used the data on program performance available from ALA to produce the following graph on the number of degrees awarded in Canadian ALA accredited schools. Considering the job openings are projected to max out at 547 in 2021 (and recall we are also including conservators and curators!), this data seems to indicate that there are far too many ALA accredited masters degrees being sent to a market that cannot accommodate them.
The overall trend for degrees awarded in Canadian schools*, however, does seem to be headed downward – maybe.
I mean, I know none of this is shocking (right??!!), but a little bit o’ evidence never hurts. Happy New Year!
*WTF happened in 2013 – how many of those grads are still looking for work?
American Library Association. (n.d.) Trend data by program, including student-to-faculty ratios, enrolment, graduation. Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/reportsandpublications/prismreports
Employment and Social Development Canada – 2013 COPS Projections. (2012). Occupational Projection Data 2013-2022 – Librarians, Archivists, Conservators And Curators. Retrieved from http://occupations.esdc.gc.ca/sppc-cops/.4cc.5p.1t.3ondatas.2arch@-eng.jsp