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

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.

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. Many Librarians complete postgraduate studies.

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

All Librarians

  • $1,654 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 8,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 84% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Librarians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 11,200 in 2014 to 8,900 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Librarians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,654 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (67%).
  • Gender: 84% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200913600
201013500
201112900
201215900
201311700
201411200
201510300
201610400
201712500
201815100
20198900
20249100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings16541460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training37.6
Public Administration and Safety28.1
Information Media and Telecommunications22.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.7
Other Industries7.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
VIC28.325.6
QLD15.520.0
SA7.57.0
WA9.810.8
TAS1.52.0
NT1.31.0
ACT4.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLibrariansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.5-5.05.0
20-241.9-9.39.3
25-3410.3-22.922.9
35-4419.9-22.022.0
45-5429.9-21.621.6
55-5917.7-9.09.0
60-6413.2-6.06.0
65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationLibrariansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate46.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree32.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV3.1-21.121.1
Year 125.1-18.118.1
Year 111.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. Many Librarians complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Australian Library and Information Association may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills 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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    73% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Computers and electronics

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    65% Skill level

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

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

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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