Library Technicians

risk level
Based on 83 votes
-4.2 %
by year 2032
or $18.08 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

75% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

69% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 75% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Library Technicians 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)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Library Technicians' job openings is expected to decline 4.2% 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.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Library Technicians' was $37,600, or $18 per hour

'Library Technicians' were paid 18.8% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 73,330 people employed as 'Library Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Library Technicians'.

Job description

Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.

SOC Code: 25-4031.00


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Chris Hansen (Uncertain) says
While a lot of the duties performed by library technicians can be automated, libraries remain social places that provide services both information, and non-information related. Library technicians working in specialized libraries or serving users with low technology literacy will probably still remain in two decades.
May 08, 2023 at 03:33 PM
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 people 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 04:47 PM
Anonymous also says
Well, that's perhaps your perception due to the increased use of eBooks, but "Printed book sales amounted to 689.45 million units in 2019, down slightly from the previous year but still a significant improvement on the years 2012 to 2016." That's still a lot of people reading printed books.
Nov 26, 2020 at 09:37 PM
Anonymous (Highly likely) says
Not many people read physical books anymore.
Jan 22, 2020 at 05:15 PM

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