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Librarian Jobs

Date Added: December 06, 2010 03:14:32 PM
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, a librarian is roughly defined as a trained professional who uses digital technology to assist students and patrons of the library to find the information they seek. Librarians also catalogue information and assist with research. With the explosion of digital technology, the role of a librarian is constantly changing and they are no longer simply known as librarians but in many cases are referred to as “information professionals.” Although they still access paper information, much of their work now entails accessing a broad range of electronic sources.

Qualifications

Most librarians must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Library Science, but those employed by schools must also meet respective state requirements for licensure in education. Each state has different laws so qualifications will be specific to the state where the school librarian is employed.

Job Opportunities

Librarian jobs are available both in the public and private sector. Along with government sponsored public libraries and libraries in primary and secondary schools, there are libraries in colleges and universities both public and private as well as ‘special libraries.’ Any organization that has a need for research and a wide dissemination of information might need the services of a qualified librarian.

Average Salaries

As of May, 2008 the median salary for librarians was roughly $52,530 while the middle group had annual salaries between $42,240 and $65,300. The bottom 10 percent only averaged $33,190 while the top ten percent averaged at least $81,130. The outlook on salaries in the next decade is good, according to the U.S. BLS, with pay increases expected to be consistent with, or slightly above, average salaries across the board. Many librarians are behind popular reference sites like Canadian FAQ

Job Outlook

Because technology is increasing with such rapidity, the need for information dissemination is also increasing incrementally. As a result, the job outlook for librarians in the next 10 years is expected to be better than average. Part of the reason for this is that many current librarians are expected to be retiring during that period and there will be a need to place individuals with significantly greater technological skills.

Although almost every industry is being affected by the explosion in electronic (digital) information, few occupations are affected quite like librarians. Librarian jobs are nothing like they were a generation ago so there is a great need for qualified professionals who have been educated in the latest technologies. The only similarity seems to be that a librarian is responsible for helping others locate the information they need. How that information is catalogued and archived is another ballgame altogether.