Medical Librarians

Medical librarians, also called medical information specialists, help doctors, patients, and other medical personnel find health information and select materials best suited to their needs. These specialized librarians work in hospitals, medical schools, corporations, and university medical centers. There are approximately 136,510 librarians employed in the United States; a small percentage are medical librarians.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Medical Acquisitions Librarians, Medical Bibliographers, Medical Cataloging Librarians, Medical Classifiers, Medical Information Specialists, Reference Librarians
Duties Help doctors, patients, and other medical personnel find health information and select materials best suited to their needs; manage medical library resources
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Health
Experience One to three years' experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head Medical Librarian
  • Experienced Medical Librarian
  • Entry-Level Medical Librarian

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