Librarians help others use books and other written material to find information and use it effectively in their personal and professional lives. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of subjects. Librarians follow the trends of publishing. They may order the books which are placed in the library. Some librarians handle special programs, such as preschool programs or summer reading programs for youth.

Working Conditions

Librarians work various hours, depending on the hours their library is open. Many work part time.


Salaries of librarians vary according to the individual's qualifications and the type, size, and location of the library. Librarians with mostly administrative duties usually earn more. The middle half of librarians earn between $30,440 and $48,130.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Computer science, English and a foreign language are helpful courses for people interested in becoming a librarian.

Related Jobs

Library media specialists, book conservators, archivists, and museum curators are jobs that also play an important role in the transfer of knowledge and ideas.

Education & Training

A master's degree in library science (MLS) is necessary for librarian positions in most public, academic and special libraries, and some school libraries. Many colleges and universities offer MLS programs, but employers often prefer graduates of the approximately 50 schools accredited by the American Library Association.

Job Outlook

Slower than average employment growth, coupled with an increasing number of MLS graduates, will result in more applicants competing for fewer jobs. Applicants in large metropolitan areas will face competition, those willing to work in rural areas should have better job prospects.