There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a reference assistant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $19.16 an hour? That's $39,843 a year!
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -3% and produce -5,600 job opportunities across the U.S.
There are certain skills that many reference assistants have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed communication skills, detail oriented and technology skills.
When it comes to the most important skills required to be a reference assistant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 26.5% of reference assistants included library services, while 7.9% of resumes included reference questions, and 7.5% of resumes included online databases. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.
When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the reference assistant job title. But what industry to start with? Most reference assistants actually find jobs in the education and government industries.
If you're interested in becoming a reference assistant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 76.3% of reference assistants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 11.8% of reference assistants have master's degrees. Even though most reference assistants have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.
Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a reference assistant. When we researched the most common majors for a reference assistant, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on reference assistant resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.
You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a reference assistant. In fact, many reference assistant jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many reference assistants also have previous career experience in roles such as library assistant or cashier.
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In addition to switching up your job search, it might prove helpful to look at a career path for your specific job. Now, what's a career path you ask? Well, it's practically a map that shows how you might advance from one job title to another. Our career paths are especially detailed with salary changes. So, for example, if you started out with the role of reference librarian you might progress to a role such as librarian eventually. Later on in your career, you could end up with the title account manager.
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The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 26.5% of reference assistants listed library services on their resume, but soft skills such as communication skills and detail oriented are important as well.