Library Technicians assist Librarians and other information managers in organising and operating systems for handling recorded material and files.
Orders new library materials and maintains library records and circulation systems.
Catalogues printed and recorded material.
Enters data into databases and edits computer records.
Operates audio-visual and reprographic equipment.
Searches and verifies bibliographic data.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 44% of people employed as Library Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 38 hours per week in their main job. This is 6 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Library Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 67% of Library Technicians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Library Technicians is 51 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 88% of the workforce. This is 40 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Library Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||5.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Extensive experience or a formal qualification in librarianship or information management is needed to work as a Library Technician. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Library Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||10.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||5.3||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians who can interact well with others, are efficient and can communicate clearly.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Looking for ways to help people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
Teaching people how to do something.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
37%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
37%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
30%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
67%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
46%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
43%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
31%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
29%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
29%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
29%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
23%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
22%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
14%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
13%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
11%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
11%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are far away.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
39%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
61%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
59%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
57%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
56%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
55%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
54%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
53%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
51%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
46%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
46%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
44%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
43%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
43%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
43%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
39%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
39%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
38%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
37%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
99%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
90%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work with people in a group or team.
80%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
76%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
76%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
73%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
72%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
71%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
70%Automation of tasks
Do tasks that are mostly automated.
67%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
66%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
Work to strict deadlines.
65%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
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