The average annual salary of all librarians working in elementary or secondary schools in March 2009 was $54,650. Earnings can be affected by different employers. The federal government pays more than the local government on average. Earnings can also be affected by different jobs. Librarians can be employed as historians or school librarians, and each job pays differently.
Entry to a library sciences program requires a bachelor’s degree. Any undergraduate major is acceptable. A master’s degree in library sciences is needed for the career. A librarian certification is required, but the requirements to earn them vary by state and by job.
The entry level position in library sciences is a job as a librarian. Advancement opportunities include administrative positions such as department head, library director, or chief information officer. With experience, good communication skills, and good organization skills, these advancement opportunities become possible.
Librarians order books, develop organizational systems for books, plan programs for the public, recommend books, and maintain databases. Librarians work in information centers or libraries and spend a lot of time at their computer desks. Most have consistent job schedules.
159,900 librarians were employed in 2008. 172,400 librarians are expected to be employed in 2018. Employment of librarians is expected to grow by 8 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is as fast as the average for all occupations.
A consistent job schedule Access to books Being able to work with and to help others Working with technology Spending a lot of time working at a computer desk Working under deadlines Keeping up with technology
I enjoy developing organizational systems. I love reading. I enjoy helping others pick out books to read, and I enjoy helping others research. These are all necessary skills and traits for a career in library sciences.
To prepare for becoming a librarian, I can plan for getting a bachelor’s degree. I can also keep up my grades, so I can get scholarships. Scholarships would help me graduate with a bachelor’s degree and with minimal debt. I can continue to be a library aide at my high school and build necessary skills for the career.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Librarians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos068.htm (visited January 31, 2012).