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Librarians

Librarians
Quick Facts : Librarians*
2010 Median Pay$54,500
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012156,100
Job Outlook7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change10,800


Librarians help people find information in libraries from various sources. They maintain library collections as well as managing tasks to keep it running. Librarians working in user services help patrons find the information they need. They listen to what patrons are looking for and help them research the subject using both electronic and print resources.

What Librarians Do

  • Plan programs for different groups, such as storytelling for young children
  • Develop and index databases of library materials
  • Read book reviews, publishers' announcements, and catalogs to see what is available
  • Research and buy new computers and other equipment as needed for the library
  • Train and direct library technicians, assistants, and other support staff

Work Environment

Most librarians work in schools, colleges, or public libraries. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of librarians is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average salary of librarians was $54,500 in May 2010.
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Librarians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Librarians

54500

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Librarians*
Percent Change in Employment

Librarians

6.91864

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Librarians

A bachelor's degree is needed to enter a graduate program in library science, but any undergraduate major is accepted. Many colleges offer library science programs, but, as of 2011, only 56 programs in the United States were accredited by the American Library Association. A degree from an accredited program may lead to better job opportunities.
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