Report forecasts more jobs for librarians by 2022

Our friends over at ALIA have just released the fourth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report

The report seeks to provide students, educators, employees and employers with an understanding of the national landscape and inform ALIA's work.

The ALIA news post for the Report provides a summary of its findings:

The report shows that over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer Librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer Technician positions, and 12.4% fewer Library Assistant positions. However, looking ahead to May 2022, the Department of Employment predicts a 15.6% employment rise for Librarians, a relatively stable number of Library Technician positions and a drop of 13% for Library Assistant positions.

There is expected to be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive job prospect but there is undoubtedly competition for jobs. The workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

What do you think of the reports findings? Are you going to seek additional qualifications to be prepared for 2022?

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