Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

risk level
Based on 99 votes
by year 2032
or $29.64 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

43% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

41% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 43% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Librarians and Media Collections Specialists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Librarians and Media Collections Specialists' job openings is expected to rise 5.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Librarians and Media Collections Specialists' was $61,660, or $29 per hour

'Librarians and Media Collections Specialists' were paid 33.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 131,680 people employed as 'Librarians and Media Collections Specialists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Librarians and Media Collections Specialists'.

Job description

Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library's media equipment.

SOC Code: 25-4022.00


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Julia (Low) says
Too many pieces of the job need human interface and analysis
Jul 01, 2023 at 06:37 PM
Academic Librarian (Low) says
No, librarians are not human encyclopedias.

Yes, most of us have a field that we really adore so those who work in universities/colleges research and write academic papers just like professors/instructors.

We collaborate with professors/instructors to find resources for the development of courses and teach information literacy classes. Public librarians teach useful skills to older generations and immigrants like filing taxes online, teach kids how to find correct information, and act as community archives.
May 22, 2023 at 03:22 PM
James (No chance) says
You don't stop using cartographers when there is so much landscape out there, and you don't stop using information specialists when information becomes abundant. It's the other way around.
May 22, 2023 at 08:57 AM
KG (No chance) says
While I think the day to day of the academic librarian and reference librarian will change drastically as AI continues to optimize information retrieval, public libraries are community centers focused on social engagement and building relationships with young people and families, as well as supporting those who have limited access to information tools. Librarians will continue to work alongside technology and assist people in incorporating these new tools in their lives, the way we always have. It will just look different.
Feb 09, 2023 at 04:50 PM
CarynW (Low) says
What librarians do is unique to their library, collection, users, and geographic area. It's unlikely robots will be as flexible as humans for library tasks.
Jan 18, 2023 at 12:19 AM
Ur mom (Highly likely) says
It's called Google, look it up. Oh wait, YOU DON'T HAVE TO.
Sep 01, 2021 at 02:05 PM

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