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Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

General Information


Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library's media equipment.

Industry areas

  • Education & Training

Job Outlook

Employment of librarians and library media specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 14,900 openings for librarians and library media specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 64%
  • Some college 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • Post-master's certificate 4%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • Doctoral degree 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%


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