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Become A Technical Assistant

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Working As A Technical Assistant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Assistant Do

Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.

Duties

Library technicians and assistants typically do the following:

  • Loan library materials to patrons and collect returned materials
  • Sort and reshelve returned books, periodicals, and other materials
  • Catalogue and maintain library materials
  • Handle interlibrary loans
  • Register new patrons and issue library cards
  • Answer routine reference questions
  • Teach patrons how to find and use library resources
  • Maintain computer databases used to locate library materials
  • Answer the phone, organize files, and perform other routine clerical tasks
  • Help plan and participate in special programs, such as used-book sales, story times, and outreach programs

A librarian usually supervises library technicians and assistants. Library technicians and assistants usually help patrons find information and organize library materials. However, library technicians typically have more responsibilities than do library assistants, such as administering library programs and overseeing lower level staff.

Library technicians and assistants in smaller libraries have a broader range of duties. In larger libraries, they tend to specialize in a particular area, such as user services or technical services. Technicians and assistants specializing in user services assist library patrons with locating resources and information. Those specializing in technical services research, acquire, catalog, and process materials to be added to the library’s collections.

The following are examples of types of library technicians and assistants:

Academic library technicians and assistants help students, faculties, and staff in colleges and universities access resources and information related to coursework or research projects. Some help teach students how to access and use library resources. They may work at service desks for reserve materials, special collections, or computer labs.

Public library technicians and assistants work in community libraries to serve members of the public. They help patrons find books to read for pleasure; assist patrons with their research; and teach patrons how to access the library’s resources. Some technicians in public libraries may help plan programs for users, such as story time for children, book clubs for teens or adults, or other educational or recreational activities.

School library technicians and assistants show students how to find and use library resources, maintain textbook collections, and they help teachers develop curriculum materials.

Special library technicians and assistants work in libraries in government agencies, corporations, museums, law firms, and medical centers. They assist users, search library resources, compile bibliographies, and provide information on subjects of interest to the organization.

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How To Become A Technical Assistant

Most library technicians need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Library assistants typically need a high school degree and usually learn through short-term on-the-job (OTJ) training.

Education                                                                                               

Most libraries prefer to hire library technicians who have a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. However, some smaller libraries might hire prospective technicians with only a high school diploma. Certificate and associate’s degree programs in library technology include coursework in acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, reference, and automated library systems. In some cases, library technicians who work in public schools must meet the same requirements as teacher assistants.

Most library assistants typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Library assistants usually receive some short-term OTJ training to learn about libraries and library resources.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Library technicians and assistants need to listen to and understand patrons’ needs, provide clear answers to questions, and teach them how to use library resources.

Detail oriented. Library technicians and assistants must pay close attention to ensure that library materials and information are organized correctly and according to the library’s organizational system. Cataloging and processing library materials also requires attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Library technicians and assistants provide customer service to library patrons and work with librarians, teachers, or researchers.

Technology skills. Library technicians and assistants use computers to help patrons research topics. They also use technology to maintain the library’s database of collections.

Advancement

Library technicians and assistants can advance as they assume additional responsibilities in other areas of the library. Some eventually become supervisors and oversee daily library operations. To become a librarian, technicians and assistants need to earn a master’s degree in library science.

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Technical Assistant Career Paths

Technical Assistant
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Instructor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technician Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Correction Officer Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Field Technician Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Instructor Assistant Director
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager General Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Legal Assistant Executive Assistant
Senior Executive Assistant
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Technical Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    53.1%
  • Female

    44.1%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    74.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.1%
  • Asian

    10.0%
  • Unknown

    2.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    48.6%
  • French

    10.4%
  • Chinese

    6.0%
  • Mandarin

    5.2%
  • German

    4.3%
  • Japanese

    3.2%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Hindi

    2.5%
  • Korean

    2.4%
  • Russian

    2.1%
  • Arabic

    2.1%
  • Portuguese

    2.0%
  • Vietnamese

    1.8%
  • Cantonese

    1.8%
  • Urdu

    1.2%
  • Tagalog

    0.9%
  • Gujarati

    0.8%
  • Polish

    0.8%
  • Swedish

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
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Real Technical Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Supplier Technical Assistant Engineer MSX Americas, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 04, 2015 $101,504
Technical Assistant Wlto International Paper FL Apr 01, 2016 $93,500
Technical Assistant, Global Purchasing Xerox Corporation Webster, NY Oct 15, 2012 $80,500
Technical Assistant-Underwriting Aspen Insurance Us Services, Inc. FL Oct 01, 2013 $73,980
Site Technical Assistant Danieli Corporation Cranberry, PA Aug 15, 2012 $70,200
Technical Assistant Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2012 $65,490
Technical Assistant-Underwriting Aspen Insurance Us Services, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
Technical Assistant for Agriculture and Food Security Adventist Development and Relief Agency International Silver Spring, MD Jun 19, 2016 $64,958
Technical Assistant, Rendering Industrial Light &Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Entert San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2010 $63,716
Emergency Technical Assistant Adventist Development & Relief Agency Internationa Silver Spring, MD Oct 24, 2016 $60,128
Emergency Technical Assistant Adventist Development and Relief Agency International Silver Spring, MD Jul 14, 2015 $60,128
Technical Assistant The Jones Group Inc. New York, NY Jul 16, 2012 $60,000
HSE Technical Assistant AKZO Nobel Services Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2011 $60,000
Technical Assistant Global Agora, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $55,000
Technical Assistant Intellisurvey, Incorporated Ladera Ranch, CA Sep 01, 2014 $53,760
Technical Assistant Intellisurvey, Incorporated Ladera Ranch, CA Sep 10, 2014 $53,760
Technical Assistant Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Jan 01, 2010 $51,764
Technical Assistant II Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA May 30, 2016 $51,250
Technical Assistant II University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Jan 05, 2016 $47,792
Technical Assistant II Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Jan 08, 2016 $47,150
Technical Assistant II Whitehead Institute Cambridge, MA Mar 27, 2009 $46,675
Technical Assistant II Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Jun 15, 2015 $46,000
Technical Assistant I Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Mar 17, 2010 $45,573
Senior Technical Assistant The University of Houston Houston, TX Jun 27, 2010 $44,096
Design Development and Technical Assistant (Fashio Mas Design, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $44,000
Design, Development and Technical Assistant (Fashi Mas Design, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $44,000
Technical Assistant Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Mar 03, 2011 $43,911
Technical Assistant Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge, MA Feb 17, 2010 $43,054

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Top Skills for A Technical Assistant

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Top Technical Assistant Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and repaired lab equipment, including computers, scanners, and printers.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Gained experience in installation of computer hardware, installation of software, and troubleshooting technical errors.
  • Provided software technical assistance to university students.
  • Provided outstanding customer service to a clientele known for being very demanding.

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