Library assistants are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, library assistants rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 44% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy library assistants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Seamstress
3.7
$26k
American sign language interpreter
3.6
$49k
Florist
3.5
$30k
Graduate teaching assistant
3.4
$33k
Library assistant
3.3
$29k
Librarian
3.3
$59k
Tailor
3.2
$31k
Archivist
3.2
$60k
Funeral director
3.2
$49k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are library assistants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do library assistants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as library assistants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are library assistant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are library assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Are library assistants happy with their salary?

Library assistants rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most library assistants having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked library assistants how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1352 library assistants

5 Star
11%

11% of library assistants rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of library assistants rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of library assistants rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of library assistants rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of library assistants rated their compensation 1 stars

Do library assistants find their jobs meaningful?

On average, library assistants rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.9/5. While most library assistants aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked library assistants how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

1410 library assistants

5 Star
14%

14% of library assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of library assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of library assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of library assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of library assistants rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as library assistants?

Library assistants rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of library assistants find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked library assistants how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

1503 library assistants

5 Star
32%

32% of library assistants rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of library assistants rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of library assistants rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of library assistants rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of library assistants rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a library assistant’s work environment?

As a whole, library assistants rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.9/5. A solid majority of library assistants enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a library assistant.

We asked library assistants how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

1504 library assistants

5 Star
33%

33% of library assistants rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of library assistants rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of library assistants rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of library assistants rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of library assistants rated their work environment 1 stars

Are library assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Former library assistants on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Library assistants tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked library assistants how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

1504 library assistants

5 Star
9%

9% of library assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of library assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of library assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
31%

31% of library assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of library assistants rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars