Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

What is this job like?

Librarians help people find facts. They organize information and help people find books, magazines, videos, Web sites, and other information.

Librarians decide which books, magazines, movies, and computer equipment to buy. They arrange books and other items so that people can find them. Many librarians work in teams to get the job done.

Some librarians work in one subject such as art. Others work with children, reading to them and teaching them about books and research. Librarians work in schools and public libraries. They also work in hospitals, businesses, and other places where people need to find information quickly.

Today, most libraries have computers. Some librarians develop databases and Web sites. They also help people use the computer to find what they need.

Many librarians are also managers. They make budgets and keep records. They also supervise other people who work at the library.

Librarians spend a lot of time at desks or at the computer. They spend time helping people. Many librarians like this part of the job best.

Librarians can work part time or full time. Some librarians work weekends or evenings. School librarians work when schools are open. They are off during school vacations.

How do you get ready?

You usually need a master's degree in library science or information science to be a librarian. Before you can get a master's degree, you need a 4-year college degree in any subject or major. In most States, school librarians must have a teaching certificate.

Librarians should like to read and do research. They also need computer skills.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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