Corporate Librarians


Overview

Corporate Librarians

Introduction

Corporate librarians manage data files and sources of information pertinent to the interest of a company, hospital, association, private business, or government department. They help company staff members with projects by conducting extensive research, writing reports, archiving data, or completing other tasks. Much of their work is Internet based. Corporate librarians also educate and train staff about new computer programs and databases. Approximately 5,150 special libraries are located throughout the United States, according to t...

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Median Salary

$56,693

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree


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Experience

Internship or several years of work experience


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Salaries for corporate librarians vary by type of employer, geographic region, and the experience of the librarian. Special librarians earned median salaries of $56,693 in 2019, according to PayScale.com. Earnings ranged from $40,000 to $83,000 or more. 

Law librarians earned mean annual salaries of $78,020 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, while those who worked fo...

Work Environment

Corporate librarians typically work in an office setting. Unlike reference librarians, those employed at corporations have little routine to their day. Tasks will vary depending on the project and deadline at hand. An advertising librarian, for example, may do research on consumer preferences one day and switch to archiving photos the next.

At times, the work may be demanding, especially...

Outlook

Employment for all librarians is expected to grow by 6 percent (about as fast as the average for all careers) from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Many companies—including private corporations, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms—are hiring librarians to help them organize and analyze their information. Since corporate librarians work in many different...

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