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Library Assistants


Employment for library assistants is expected to decline 3 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Although many of the jobs once handled by librarians, such as checking books in and out and reshelving and organizing materials, are now being delegated to assistants and technicians, declining library utilization has impacted employment levels in this industry. Additionally, positions for those working in local government and education services may be impacted by budget constraints. Nevertheless, the DOL reports that there will be approximately 27,800 new job openings for library technicians and assistants in the coming decade as workers leave the profession or retire and replacements are needed. Part-time positions have high turnover and are, therefore, easy to find. This reflects the limited investment in training involved and the corresponding weak attachment to the occupation by part-time workers. Full-time assistant positions are rare. Big metropolitan areas offer more opportunities for employment than smaller, rural areas. Like other fields, the more eager an individual is to learn and stay up to date with current technology, the greater his or her chances of finding employment. The best prospects will exist for candidates who hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, according to the DOL.

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