This occupation has a near certain probability of automation.

99.0% probability

of automation

9.1% growth

projected to 2026

99,200 employed

currently in the US

$34,780 annual wage

US, median ($16.72 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 99.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 692 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 99,200 people have this job. They earn $34,780 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,450,176,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $16.72.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 9.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 108,200 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).