An Overview of Library Professionals and Libraries
In 2017, there were 194,000 librarians, 40,000 library technicians, and 96,000 library assistants employed. Generally, a “librarian” is a person who holds at least a master’s degree in library science or meets state teaching license standards for being a school librarian. “Library technicians” assist librarians in the acquisition, preparation, and organization of materials “and assist users in locating the appropriate resources.” “Library assistants” are similar to library technicians, but may have fewer responsibilities.
From 2007 through 2017, cumulative employment among librarians, library technicians, and library assistants declined from 380,000 to 330,000.
The mean annual earnings of librarians in 2017 were $60,760.
The mean hourly wage of library technicians was $17.07 in 2017.