Career Overview

Librarians help people to conduct research and find information with a library.


A master's degree in library science is usually required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years after earning a four-year bachelor's degree; students may need a bachelor's degree in library science to be admitted to the master's program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$93,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Work Environment

Librarians work for local government, colleges and universities, companies, and elementary and secondary schools. Most work full time, but opportunities for part-time work do exist. This work may require working evenings and weekends.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada