Library Assistants

Employment for library assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job growth is expected to be strongest in special libraries. Many of the jobs once handled by librarians, such as checking books in and out and reshelving and organizing materials, are now being delegated to assistants and technicians. Additionally, as library budgets shrink, administrators will hire more library assistants and technicians (who receive lower pay than librarians do). This should increase demand for these positions. Part-time positions have high turnover and are, therefore, easy to find. This reflects the limited investment in training involved and the corresponding weak attachment to the occupation by part-time workers. Full-time assistant positions are rare. Big metropolitan areas offer more opportunities for employment than smaller, rural areas. Like other fields, the more eager an individual is to learn and stay up to date with current technology, the greater his or her chances of finding employment.

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