Librarians

As prominent professionals in the information services field, librarians help others find information and select materials best suited to their needs. Librarians work in public, academic, and special libraries; school library media centers; corporations; and government agencies. They are key personnel wherever books, magazines, audiovisual materials, and a variety of other informational materials are cataloged and kept. Librarians help make access to these reference materials possible. Approximately 136,510 librarians are employed in positions throughout the country.

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Alternate Title(s) Acquisitions Librarians, Administrative Services Librarians, Adult Services Librarians, Audiovisual Librarians, Automated-Systems Librarians, Bibliographers, Bookmobile Librarians, Circulation Librarians, Cataloging Librarians, Children's Librarians, Classifiers, Community Outreach Librarians, Conservation Librarians, Information Architects, Information Brokers, Information Scientists, Institution Librarians, Law Librarians, Library Catalogers, Library Media Specialists, Library Technicians, Medical Librarians, Medical Information Specialists, Music Librarians, Reference Librarians, Special Librarians, Stack Attendants, Young-Adult Librarians
Duties Help people find books and other information and select materials best suited to the needs of patrons
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • History
Experience Internship; part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Organized
Skills
  • Computer
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Library Director or Information Consultant
  • Librarian
  • Library Technician
  • Library Assistant

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