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Most libraries prefer to hire library assistants who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. However, some smaller libraries might hire prospective assistants with only a high school diploma.
Courses required for an associate’s degree or a certificate in library technology include acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, and automated library systems. Usually, library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same requirements as teacher assistants.
Library assistants can advance as they assume additional responsibilities in other areas of the library. Some eventually become supervisors and oversee daily library operations.
What are Library Assistants like?
Based on our pool of users, library assistants tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.
Library Assistants by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 966 Sokanu users
Are Library Assistants happy?
Library assistants rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 67th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Library Assistant Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Library Assistants
The most common degree held by library assistants is English Literature. 10% of library assistants had a degree in english literature before becoming library assistants. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Library Science graduates are the second most common among library assistants, representing 5% of library assistants in the Sokanu user base, which is 27.6 times the average.
Library Assistant Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Library Assistant, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.
|Degree||% of library assistants||% of population||Multiple|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||2.4%||1.5%||1.6×|
|Anthropology And Archeology||2.4%||1.2%||2.0×|
|Foreign Language Studies||1.7%||1.3%||1.4×|
|Business Management And Administration||1.6%||6.2%||0.3×|
Library Assistant Education Levels
|High school diploma||52%|