Librarian

by Destyni Gessner for Career Planning

Job Description

Help people locate information for their own use by performing tasks like cataloguing, classifying, and acquiring library materials. Librarians can work in many different settings and environments, including but not limited to museums, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and public libraries. Librarians must be good with people and extremely adaptable to keep up with the current information gathering trends of the day.

Related careers in this field include teachers, archivists, and curators. If a librarian has worked in a public school, then that means they also have a degree in education, meaning they can make a smooth transition from librarian to educator.

Wage, Advantages, and Disadvantages

Librarians make about $27.00 an hour, about $56,170 a year. Generally speaking, local government work does not pay as much as a job in education. The pay is about $50,990 in comparison to $59,770, respectively. Usually a Master's Degree is needed to become a librarian, and a degree in library sciences can help a person get work in a variety of fields outside of a standard public library, including medical research or law offices. However, sometimes these places require other degrees to work there. For example; to work in a school sometimes a degree in education is necessary. Librarians almost always work full time, as well as weekends. They also must be good with people in order to help them find the resources they need. There is also a high amount of repetitive tasks involved, mostly involving organization of materials. A definite advantage is of course the pay and also people will think you're smart just because you work someplace that's full of books. That's always nice.

A growing concern is the lack of growth in this field; which is only at a whoppingly sad 2% for the next 10 years. That means that there will only be need for a total of around 2,344

librarians in the entire state of Minnesota. That's means there will be less than 70 more librarians and possible positions open by the time I graduate college.

Speaking of college, to qualify as a librarian a person really only needs a Master's degree, and other than library sciences a person can really minor in whatever they want, because there aren't really any prerequisite classes needed to take library science courses. There are also no classes in high school that are necessary in preparation for becoming a librarian, however taking some elective English and maybe a technology class will be helpful in the long run.

Librarian Job Description

Evaluation

I feel like this job would be a pretty good fit for me. I do wish there was a better outlook on jobs in the future. I do like libraries, and I also like helping people, so I think this works for me.

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