Career and Job Search Guide


Librarian Librarians traditionally have assisted patrons looking for specific books, but as the use of information technology expands, librarians are utilizing it to help patrons locate more research materials in books and digital records. Being a librarian is a rewarding career. Librarians work in a service oriented industry. While assisting researchers locate sources for their questions, librarians are constantly learning. Librarians may also organize community improvement programs such as recruiting volunteers to read to children and organizing book discussion groups for the elderly. Librarians work reasonable hours; however, sometimes they may occasionally be required to work night and weekends.

The job market is good for librarians with specialties but slow for school or public librarians. Although it is difficult to find librarian jobs, the effort can be worth it for those who love working with others and serving the community.

Librarians do not only work in public libraries. Colleges and universities, hospitals, law firms, prisons, legislators, corporations, non-profit organizations and the military hire librarians. Library specialists usually work 40 hour weeks.

Salary Data

Median (8 years of experience): $47,000

25-75 percentile (8 or more years of experience): $42,800-63,700