Does this image look like your ideal work setting? When a student talks to me about an interest in being a librarian, it is usually due to their strong interest in books. Let’s dive deeper to learn more about the day-to-day work of a librarian, as well as the educational requirements.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) summarizes a librarian’s work as “help[ing] people find information from many sources. Most librarians, such as those in public and academic libraries, maintain library collections and do other work as needed to keep the library running.” Sounds a little different than getting paid to read books all day, doesn’t it? Follow the OOH link to learn more about this profession.
“Most librarians need a Master’s degree in library science” or information science, according to the OOH, but the good thing is that no specific undergraduate major is required. An exception would be school librarians, since a teacher certification, work experience, and a school librarian certificate are typical requirements. The OOH indicates that students who complete a Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association will likely find better job opportunities.