Sokanu rates Library Assistants with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 39,600 Library Assistants. That number is based on 5,900 additional Library Assistants, and the retirement of 33,700 existing Library Assistants.
Demand for Library Assistants
A generally positive job outlook is projected for library assistants. Two factors contributing to the favourable employment environment are technology and budget constraints. The introduction of electronic tools and online databases are increasingly allowing libraries to hire assistants or technicians to perform duties typically assigned to higher-paid librarians. The budget and funding pressures facing many libraries are further accelerating this trend. In addition, library assistants often work part-time, providing employers with another cost-saving measure. While most jobs are with local governments in public libraries, other employment opportunities exist with school districts, colleges, universities, hospitals, private companies, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Consistent demand in the field results as many people leave this relatively low-paying occupation.
Applicants who have earned an associate’s degree and are able to adapt to rapidly changing technology will have better job prospects. Candidates with these qualifications improve their ability to advance from a clerical and library circulation role to one which includes the maintenance of automated library systems. Experienced assistants may be promoted to supervisory positions in which they oversee other assistants. While working in a technician or assistant role they may be able to earn their library degree and become a librarian.
Supply of Library Assistants
The Library Assistant industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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