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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.

Public & Private Librarian Jobs

Most people think of a librarian as someone that works at their local library and that checks out books, puts them back on bookshelves, and charges you overdue fees. While many people do work at public libraries and books are a part of the job, there is much more to being a librarian.

Roughly two-thirds of librarians work at a public library and the remainder work at private and non-profit organizations. Museums, archives, and university campuses are some examples of other places librarians work.

There are also many different types of librarians. For example, most libraries have people on staff that specialize in technology. There are lots of software engineers, IT professionals, and data scientists that work at libraries.

Here is some information on librarian jobs:

Average public librarian salaries

Funding and budget outlook for public libraries

University librarians get paid more than public librarians

Library Science majors face high unemployment and low wages

Community Analytics and Policy librarian specialization

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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