Librarians

What do they do?

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

Also known as:

Access Services Librarian, Bibliographer, Catalog Librarian, Cataloger, Children's Librarian, Collection Development Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian, Elementary Librarian, Instruction Librarian, Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian, Librarian, Library Director, Library Media Specialist, Library Services Coordinator, Media Specialist, Medical Librarian, Outreach Librarian, Public Services Librarian, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Reference Librarian, Reference Services Head, Research Librarian, School Librarian, School Library Media Specialist, Serials Librarian, Systems Librarian, Technical Services Librarian, Youth Services Librarian

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Librarians in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Librarians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 440

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #10 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Librarians:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (4.6%)
  • Master's degree (56.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (23.1%)
  • Associate's degree (4.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (8.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Process library materials.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Search information sources to find specific data.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

This page includes data from:

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