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Employment for librarians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A large number of librarians are expected to retire in the next decade, which will create favorable employment conditions. Despite this prediction, school and community libraries will be faced with escalating materials costs, tighter budgets, and increased circulation while having to rely more heavily on volunteers, part-time employees, and support staff. In some cases, libraries will hire a technician instead of a more highly paid librarian as a result of budget cuts. Librarians who are willing to relocate to states or districts that are facing fewer budget issues will have better employment opportunities.