Librarians assist patrons looking for books and research materials. They centralize library catalogs and assist those seeking written or electronic publications.
Librarians determine the books, movies, magazines, and other library resources to purchase. They organize library materials, so they can be easily accessed by patrons. Many librarians work with groups of employees to complete projects.
Some librarians specialize in certain topics, such as history. Others spend time reading to children or showing them how to find books in the library. Librarians can be found in public and school libraries. They are also employed by college, hospital, and company libraries, or in companies that require information to be accessed instantly.
Several companies and libraries now utilize computers. Some librarians setup web pages and databases. They also teach patrons how to use computers to locate books and other materials.
Many librarians also work as supervisors, and they prepare budgets and maintain records.
Librarians may spend a considerable amount of time in front of a computer screen or behind a counter. They also spend a large portion of their days assisting library patrons.
How do you prepare for this career?
Most librarians complete a master’s program in library science or information science before beginning their careers, but a bachelor’s program must be completed prior to applying for a master’s program. Most state legislators require that school librarians acquire a teaching certificate.
How much will I earn?
According the the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, librarians made a median salary of $54,500 annually during 2010. Those with salaries in the lower 10th percentile made $33,590 or less while those in the upper 10th percentile made $83,510 or more annually.
How many jobs are there?
Nearly 156,100 librarians were employed in the United States in 2010. The majority worked in school libraries while others worked at community libraries. Some were employed at company or hospital libraries.
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