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Growing Need for Technical Skills

The Information Age has created an ever increasing need for workers skilled in methods of information organization, storage and retrieval. In addition, the expanding role of computers in library operations is expected to drive job growth among library technicians. The U.S. Department of Labor suggests that employment of library technicians will grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016.

Demand for Two-Year Technician Degree

Because libraries of all types and sizes depend on support personnel to conduct their day-to-day operations, a 2-year technician degree is growing in demand. The economy is forcing libraries and information centers to provide more services with fewer professionals, and these libraries are looking for well-trained support staff to fill their ranks.

Varied Opportunities

Those trained in library and information science enjoy careers inside and outside of traditional library settings. Booksellers, publishers, hospitals, businesses, museums and other organizations use library technicians in a variety of capacities. Careers relating to research and development, intellectual property and digital knowledge management also provide good job opportunities for library technicians.

Average Pay

  Hourly Yearly
Texas $7.08-$17.95 $14,700-$37,300
United States $8.23-$22.01 $17,100-$45,800

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Texas Wage Information)

 

State and National Employment Trends

Texas 4,150 (2006) 5,050 (2016) +22% 300 openings
United States 121,300 (2006) 131,500 (2016) +8% 6,920 openings

(Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market and Career information Department)

 

 

Updated June 09, 2014

 

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