Corporate Librarians

Corporate librarians manage data files and sources of information pertinent to the interest of a company, hospital, association, private business, or government department. They help company staff members with projects by conducting extensive research, writing reports, archiving data, or completing other tasks. Much of their work is Internet based. Corporate librarians also educate and train staff about new computer programs and databases. More than 8,000 special libraries are located throughout the United States, according to the American Library Association. The Special Libraries Association (SLA) serves the interests of approximately 11,000 members internationally.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Special Librarians, Information Specialists, Research Librarians
Duties Gather, sort, analyze, and manage data files and information relevant to their employer; conduct research; write reports; use computers, the Internet, and other technology to complete assigned tasks
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York, but opportunities are also available nationwide.
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Foreign Language
Experience One to three years
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Information Management
  • Research
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Library Director
  • Corporate Librarian
  • Assistant Librarian

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