Library technicians are employed by:
- public libraries
- public and private schools
- college, research and university libraries
- not-for-profit organizations
- information brokerage firms
- library software production companies
- book, periodical and publishing firms
- records management departments in large organizations
Experienced library technicians may advance to supervisory positions or assume responsibility for the operations of established libraries. However, other advancement opportunities are limited. Canadian universities do not recognize library technician programs and courses for transfer credit to master's programs in library science.
Library technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 5211: Library and archive technicians and assistants. In Alberta, 92% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
- size of the occupation.
Over 1,700 Albertans are employed in the Library and archive technicians and assistants occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 39 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As library technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for library technicians.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.