There are currently an estimated 104,300 library assistants in the United States. The library assistant job market is expected to grow by 9.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are library assistants?

CareerExplorer rates library assistants with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 15,800 library assistants. That number is based on 9,800 additional library assistants, and the retirement of 6,000 existing library assistants.

Are library assistants in demand?

A generally positive job outlook is projected for library assistants. Two factors contributing to the favourable employment environment are technology and budget constraints. The introduction of electronic tools and online databases are increasingly allowing libraries to hire assistants or technicians to perform duties typically assigned to higher-paid librarians. The budget and funding pressures facing many libraries are further accelerating this trend. In addition, library assistants often work part-time, providing employers with another cost-saving measure. While most jobs are with local governments in public libraries, other employment opportunities exist with school districts, colleges, universities, hospitals, private companies, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Consistent demand in the field results as many people leave this relatively low-paying occupation. Applicants who have earned an associate’s degree and are able to adapt to rapidly changing technology will have better job prospects. Candidates with these qualifications improve their ability to advance from a clerical and library circulation role to one which includes the maintenance of automated library systems. Experienced assistants may be promoted to supervisory positions in which they oversee other assistants. While working in a technician or assistant role they may be able to earn their library degree and become a librarian.

What’s the supply of library assistants?

The library assistant industry is concentrated in California, Illinois, New York

Library Assistant job market by state

State Name Employed Library Assistants
California 9,400
Illinois 7,170
New York 6,660
Texas 5,600
Pennsylvania 5,400
Ohio 4,910
Michigan 4,330
Florida 3,950
New Jersey 3,120
Indiana 2,890
Virginia 2,660
Massachusetts 2,480
Missouri 2,240
North Carolina 2,050
Washington 1,800
Georgia 1,790
Minnesota 1,740
Iowa 1,740
Maryland 1,570
Connecticut 1,550
Wisconsin 1,420
Colorado 1,370
Arizona 1,360
Kentucky 1,300
Alabama 1,230
Tennessee 1,220
Kansas 1,210
Oklahoma 1,160
Oregon 990
Utah 980
South Carolina 970
New Hampshire 900
Nevada 840
West Virginia 610
Mississippi 580
Nebraska 560
Rhode Island 540
Arkansas 530
Delaware 480
Idaho 430
Louisiana 330
New Mexico 330
Maine 320
Wyoming 270
Alaska 270
Hawaii 250
Vermont 210
North Dakota 170
Puerto Rico 160
District of Columbia 140
Montana 130