|Quick Facts: Library Technicians and Assistants|
|2012 Median Pay||
$26,800 per year
$12.89 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||216,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||12% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||25,200|
Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.
Library technicians and assistants work in public, school, company, and university libraries. Many work part time.
Most library technicians need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Clerical library assistants usually learn through short-term on-the-job training.
In May 2012, the median hourly wage for library technicians was $14.74. The median hourly wage for library assistants was $11.27 in May 2012.
Employment of library technicians and assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Libraries will use these workers to take over some of the duties of librarians, whose hourly wages are usually higher.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of library technicians and assistants with similar occupations.
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