Occupation Profile for Librarians

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, 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.


$49,060.00 Median Annual Wage 5,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
1.6 Average Unemployment Percentage 0.0 Percentage That Completed High School
158,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 15.3 Percentage That Had Some College
164,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 84.5 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Access Services Librarian
Acquisitions Librarian
Audio-Visual Librarian
Bookmobile Librarian
Catalog Librarian
Catalogue Librarian
Chemical Librarian
Chief Librarian, Branch or Department
Chief, Library Circulation Department
Children's Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
College Librarian
Coordinator of Learning Resources
Coordinator of Library Services
Digital Librarian
Director of Visual Education
Document Manager
Electronic Resources Librarian
Elementary Librarian
Elementary Library Media Specialist
Film Librarian
Government Documents Librarian
Head of Acquisitions
Head of Circulation Department
Head of Reference Services
High School Librarian
High School Library Media Specialist
Hospital Librarian
Information Services Librarian
Institution Librarian
Instruction Librarian
Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian
Law Librarian
Librarian, Special Collections
Librarian, Special Library
Library Director
Library Manager
Library Media Specialist
Manager, Circulation
Media Librarian
Media Specialist, School Library
Medical Librarian
Medical Record Librarian
Music Librarian
Music Librarian, International Broadcast
News Librarian
Outreach Librarian
Periodicals Librarian
Prison Librarian
Public Services Librarian
Record Librarian
Reference Librarian
Research Librarian
School Librarian
School Library Media Specialist
Serials Librarian
Supervisor, Library
Systems Librarian
Technical Services Librarian
Technician, Medical Library
University Librarian
Visual Education Director
Young Adult Librarian
Youth Services Librarian

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  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Supplemental — Provide input into the architectural planning of library facilities.
  • Core — Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
  • Core — Keep records of circulation and materials.
  • Supplemental — Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in specific fields, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
  • Core — Develop information access aids such as indexes and annotated bibliographies, web pages, electronic pathfinders, and on-line tutorials.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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