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Salaries of librarians with an ALA certified education are nearly $5,000 more than librarians without certified degrees.

There are more than 200,000 librarians employed in the USA and approximately 80% of them are women. Roughly two thirds of them work at a public library and the rest work at private institutions or non-profit organizations.

Surveys consistently show that librarians report lower stress levels from work than many other professions. No job is stress-free, but librarians do have a more pleasant work environment than many other jobs.

Archivist and Digital Curation degree specialization

Knowledge and money are probably the two most vital commodities to maintain even bare survival. Both are highly interdependent, however. Money is usually required to acquire or expand knowledge. By the same token, knowledge is empowering, primarily due to its proven uncanny revenue-generating properties.

Given these indisputable twin facts of life with universal applicability, it should come as no surprise that information and economic resources are the most highly coveted and jealously guarded assets. Fortunately, a relatively novel variant has recently emerged that offers permanent relief for aspiring or current professional librarians with severe cases of career atrophy who are weary of constantly staring at a seemingly impenetrable glass ceilings just overhead.

Its main attraction is forming an ideal intersection between facts and funds so indispensable to sustain meaningful life. Read on to learn more about this exciting latest variation on long-standing themes in professional librarian scenes.

Archives and Digital Curation

An Archives and Digital Curation graduate degree specialization places primary emphases on creating, managing, usage, current and future accessibility and long-term preservation of both digital and analog data from a broad range of academic disciplines and economic sectors.

The Archives and Digital Curation specialization focuses on the creation, management and use, long-term preservation, and current and future access to records and information, both analog, and digital, in a variety of disciplines and sectors of the economy.

A well-known fact is that information forms the very heart of contemporary society's learning, commercial engagement, recreational, industrial, scientific and IT infrastructures. As such, a widely advised societal priority to ensure sufficient availability of highly trained expertise and specialized talent to manage complex data collections in native digital, analog and digitized format within a wide variety of organizational settings. is well taken indeed

Archive and Digital Curation Available Career Avenues

Specific career pathways that are presently wide open reportedly include Archives & Special Collections, Records Management, Data management and Digital Curation & Preservation.

A partial listing of more prestigious prospective employers is inclusive of but not limited to the following:

  • The National Archives
  • National Agriculture Library
  • Smithsonian institute
  • National Institutes of Health
  • American Institute of Physics
  • Library of Congress

Occupational outlook for archivists and digital curators

According to official government public records published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall growth in Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers positions is projected to be an "average" 11 percent between 2012 and 2022. Within that broad occupational segment, projected growth varies by specialty, with the largest jump projected for Archivist jobs, which are expected to increase "faster than average" by 17 percent, while curator positions are projected to increase by 13 percent during the same period.

Cited grounds for above average 10-yeaer growth of Archivist jobs is concurrently increasing general demand for accessibility and organization of a fast growing gross quantity of data. Stated underlying rationale for a projected 13 percent growth in curator jobs is continuously rising public interest in cultural heritage and similar historical data that are increasingly found in digital format.

Lifetime earnings expectation for Archive & Digital Curator Specialty Librarians

According to most recent available official BLS published report as of May 2012, there were slightly more than 29,000 archivists, curators and museum workers in the U.S, with median annual earnings of $44,410.

Parting commentary on specialty professional librarian career prospects

Like virtually every other modern life endeavor, ever-advancing technologies are rapidly advancing to invade and infiltrate all aspects of the librarian profession. Moreover, it should be quite self-evident to any rational observer that this phenomenon is irreversible and perpetual. Thus, a popular clich´┐Ż that advises, "If 'ya can't lick 'em - join em, " is particularly apt nowadays. Prudent specialty librarian aspirants are well advised to heed its directive promptly.

Do you have a real interest in working with the community, improving the education of our future generations and being part of an institution that maintains the history, stories and experiences of our past? If so, then a career as a librarian might be right for you. This resource is designed to provide information on librarian careers, educational requirements, and job specializations to help you decide if becoming a librarian is something you want to pursue.

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