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Working as a Young Adult Librarian

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a young adult librarian. For example, did you know that they make an average of $24.28 an hour? That's $50,509 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 6% and produce 8,500 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Young Adult Librarian Do

There are certain skills that many young adult librarians 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, initiative and interpersonal skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a young adult librarian, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.7% of young adult librarians included independent living, while 16.0% of resumes included collection development, and 11.9% of resumes included teen. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Young Adult Librarian

If you're interested in becoming a young adult librarian, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 39.1% of young adult librarians have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 47.8% of young adult librarians have master's degrees. Even though most young adult librarians have a college degree, it's possible 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 young adult librarian. When we researched the most common majors for a young adult librarian, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on young adult librarian resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a young adult librarian. In fact, many young adult librarian jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many young adult librarians also have previous career experience in roles such as librarian or reference librarian.

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Average Salary$50,509
Job Growth Rate6%

Average Salary for a Young Adult Librarian

Young Adult Librarians in America make an average salary of $50,509 per year or $24 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $65,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $39,000 per year.
Average Salary
$50,509

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Young Adult Program Librarian
Young Adult Program Librarian
Harris County
Harris County
09/25/2020
09/25/2020
$44,62009/25/2020
$44,620
Young Adult Program Librarian
Young Adult Program Librarian
Harris County
Harris County
08/12/2020
08/12/2020
$44,62008/12/2020
$44,620
Young Adult Librarian
Young Adult Librarian
Harris County
Harris County
04/01/2020
04/01/2020
$43,74404/01/2020
$43,744
Enhanced Young Adult Program
Enhanced Young Adult Program
Vinfen
Vinfen
02/21/2020
02/21/2020
$45,00002/21/2020
$45,000
Young Adult Librarian
Young Adult Librarian
Harris County
Harris County
01/15/2020
01/15/2020
$43,74401/15/2020
$43,744

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Young Adult Librarian Demographics

Gender

female

67.2 %

male

27.5 %

unknown

5.3 %

Ethnicity

White

79.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

7.8 %

Black or African American

6.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7 %

French

21.4 %

German

14.3 %
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Young Adult Librarian Education

Degrees

Masters

47.8 %

Bachelors

39.1 %

Certificate

5.8 %

Top Colleges for Young Adult Librarians

1. University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,595
Enrollment
30,184

2. University of Washington

Seattle, WA • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

3. New York University

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

4. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

5. University of South Florida

Tampa, FL • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,410
Enrollment
31,321

6. SUNY at Albany

Albany, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,011
Enrollment
13,434

7. SUNY at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,099
Enrollment
21,404

8. San Jose State University

San Jose, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,796
Enrollment
27,125

9. Long Island University

Brookville, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$37,763
Enrollment
6,323

10. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079
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Top Skills For a Young Adult Librarian

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, 18.7% of young adult librarians listed independent living on their resume, but soft skills such as communication skills and initiative are important as well.

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Top Young Adult Librarian Employers

1. New York Public Library
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$49,503
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
13+
2. Harris County Justice Of The Peace For Precinct 5, Place 2
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$42,637
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
6+
3. Cleveland Public Library
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$36,395
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
2+
4. Enoch Pratt Free Library
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$45,801
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
2+
5. Vinfen
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$44,759
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
2+
6. Newark Public Schools
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$53,541
Young Adult Librarians Hired: 
1+
Updated October 2, 2020