Librarians develop, organise and manage library services such as collections of information, recreational resources and reader information services.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Around three in four workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • developing and implementing library and information policies and services
  • examining publications and materials, interviewing publishers' representatives, and consulting with others to select library materials
  • reviewing, evaluating and modifying services in response to user needs
  • providing assistance to clients in accessing library resources
  • managing library systems for recording and organising library holdings, acquisitions and purchases, reader registrations and loan transactions, and supervising indexing, filing and retrieval activities
  • managing inter-library loan systems and information networks
  • undertaking information research activities on behalf of clients
  • selecting, ordering, classifying and cataloguing library and information resources
  • monitoring collection development and culling programs
  • supervising and training other library staff
  • may plan and direct library promotion and outreach activities

Job Titles

  • Librarian
  • Librarian

    Specialisations: Acquisitions Librarian, Audiovisual Librarian, Bibliographer, Cataloguer, Children's Librarian, Corporate Librarian, Legal Librarian, Multicultural Services Librarian, Parliamentary Librarian, Reference Librarian, Special Librarian, Special Needs Librarian

Fast Facts

  • $1,492 Weekly Pay
  • 15,400 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 61.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 32.1 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 88.7% female Gender Share

The number of Librarians grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 15,400 in 2018 to 16,400 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Librarians work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,492 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61.5%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 32.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60.9%).
  • Gender: 88.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200813500
200913700
201013500
201113000
201215900
201311700
201411300
201510200
201610300
201712400
201815400
202316400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsLibrariansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14921230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training42.9
Information Media and Telecommunications37.0
Public Administration and Safety6.3
Arts and Recreation Services5.3
Other Industries8.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateLibrariansAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.6
VIC23.326.2
QLD21.819.7
SA3.76.7
WA8.910.8
TAS2.02.0
NT2.71.1
ACT6.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLibrariansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.25.2
20-241.2-9.99.9
25-3419.2-23.623.6
35-4417.0-21.721.7
45-5436.4-20.820.8
55-5911.1-8.88.8
60-6410.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job.
Around three in four workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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Employers look for Librarians who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and can work independently.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    87% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    80% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Education and Training

    75% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Clerical

    70% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    86% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    82% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Processing Information

    81% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4021.00 - Librarians.

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