Library technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
46.6k
Average Age
41.3
Estimated Job Growth
−3.83%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$18,964
Average Male Salary
$21,305
Average Female Salary
$18,220

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Employment and salary information for the Library technicians workforce. Library technicians workforce in 2020 was 46,624 people, of which 75.9% were women and 24.1% were men. Library technicians are paid most in Bayview & Hunters Point PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Ingham County (Northwest) PUMA, MI.

Employment Over Time

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Grouping
11,250
Male Workforce
± 2.6k
35,374
Female Workforce
± 4.62k

The Library technicians workforce in 2020 was 46,624 people (75.9% women and 24.1% men). This implies an average annual growth of −14.9% between 2014 (54,780) and 2020 (46,624).

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Employment by Location

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During 2020, the states that concentrated the best average annual wage were Alaska ($44,632), District of Columbia ($34,215), and Maryland ($32,405).

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Yearly Wage Ranking

$18,964
AVERAGE WAGE
#514 in the ranking (2020)
$55,954
NATIONAL AVERAGE WAGE
For all occupations across the US

In 2020, Library technicians earned an average of $18,964, $36,989 less than the average national salary of $55,954

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Wage Distribution

Gender
0.468
WAGE GINI

In 2020, Library technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.468, which is lower than the national average of 0.478. 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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Information on the industries that employ Library technicians and on wages 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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals ($42,136).

Occupations by Industries

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Value
46.6k
2020 Workforce
± 5,300
−3.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.5%

This graphic shows the share of Library technicians employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Library technicians at 65.5%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 20.3% and Elementary & secondary schools with 14.3%.

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Demographic information on Library technicians in the US. The workforce of Library technicians in 2020 was 46,624 people, with 75.9% woman, and 24.1% men. The average age of male Library technicians in the workforce is 35.5 and of female Library technicians is 43.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Library technicians is White.

Gender and Age

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The workforce of Library technicians in 2020 was 46,624 people, with 75.9% woman, and 24.1% men.

The age ranges that concentrated the largest workforce were 20 to 24 years (7,102 people), 16 to 19 years (6,236  people), and 55 to 59 years (4,595 people). Among them they concentrated 38.6% of the total workforce.

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Ethnicity

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In 2020, 12.2% of Library technicians workers were Hispanic and 87.8% non-Hispanic.

The treemap shows the distribution of Hispanic workers according to their origin, highlighting Mexican (83.6%), Puerto Rican (9.29)%, and Salvadoran (7.08)%

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Races

In 2020, 75.4% of the Library technicians workforce were White, of which 78.2% were women and 21.8% men. Other races that concentrated a significant number of workers were Black (9.71%) and Asian (7.36%).

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learningEducation & Skills

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 the most specialized major according to RCA in 2020 were Library Science.

Among the necessary skills for Library technicians, Reading Comprehension stands, but the revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library technicians need more than the average amount of Service Orientation.

Majors

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

The most common majors achieved by Library technicians in 2020 (counting all academic degrees) were Education (2,304 people), English (1,578 people), and Business (1,476 people).

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Education Levels

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The main educational levels achieved by the Library technicians workers were High School or Equivalent (14,338 people), Some college (11,208 people), and Bachelors Degree (9,673 people).

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Skills

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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, Service Orientation.

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Projections on job growth for Library Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Library Technicians are expected to see a growth of −3.83% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−3.83%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Library technicians. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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