Library technicians

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Total Workforce

52.6k

Average Age

39.3

Estimated Job Growth

9.07%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$17,997

Average Male Salary

$20,615

Average Female Salary

$17,026

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Library technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Libraries & archives is the industry that employs the most Library technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Library technicians, by average wage, is Executive offices & legislative bodies. Library technicians are paid most in St. Louis City (South) PUMA, MO but are relatively concentrated in St. Charles County (Northeast) PUMA, MO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$17,997

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,120

In 2017, Library technicians earned an average of $17,997, $34,067 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Crossing guards make somewhat more than Library technicians while Waiters & waitresses make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Library technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.47

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Library technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.47, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Library technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Library technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Library technicians.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Library technicians, by number of employees, are Libraries & archives, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Library technicians, by average wage, are Executive offices & legislative bodies, Hospitals, and Justice, public order, & safety activities .

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Industries by Share

52.6k

2017 Workforce

± 5,630

14.8%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 13.7%

The number of people employed as Library technicians has been growing at a rate of 14.8%, from 45,822 people in 2016 to 52,604 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Library technicians employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Library technicians at  60.8%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 19.5% and Elementary & secondary schools with 10.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Library technicians in the US. The average age of male Library technicians in the workforce is 36.1 and of female Library technicians is 40.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Library technicians is White.

Gender Composition

14.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,930

38.4k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,808

72.9% of Library technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Library technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Library technicians

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

73.5% of Library technicians are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.5% of Library technicians, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Library technicians.

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Age by Gender

36.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.69

40.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.26

The median age of Library technicians is 39.3, and Male employees are generally 4.37 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Library technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Library technicians is Education but a relatively high number of Library technicians hold a major in English.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Library technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Library technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library technicians need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Learning Strategies, and Reading Comprehension.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Library technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Library technicians are expected to see a growth of 9.07% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

9.07%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Library technicians. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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