Library Technicians

General Information

Description

Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government58.62%
  2. Private, not for profit19.64%
  3. Private, for profit17.58%
  4. Federal government3.05%
  5. Self-employed1.10%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of library technicians and assistants is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030. Despite limited employment growth, about 26,800 openings for library technicians and assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most 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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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$37,010

State-by-state Salary

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$55,590
$23,860
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 29%
  • Associate's degree 27%
  • Post-secondary certificate 17%
  • High school 15%
  • Some college 8%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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