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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for library technicians will grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2018. Job openings will result from technicians leaving the field for other employment or retirement, as well as from libraries looking to stretch their budgets by hiring library technicians to handle computer-oriented tasks previously overseen by librarians. Since a library technician earns less than a librarian, a library may find it more economical to hire the technician. The continued growth of special libraries in medical, business, and law organizations will lead to growing opportunities for technicians who develop specialized skills. A technician who has excellent computer skills and is able to learn quickly will be highly employable, as will a technician who shows the drive to gain advanced degrees and accept more responsibility.