Not all librarians work in public libraries, I work for a consulting company. You can also work for law firms (most law librarians I know also have JDs) or science labs, corporate offices, etc. Back in the early days of the web (when I graduated) I knew a lot of trained librarians who went the tech route and maintained intranets and web pages for companies.
I feel I basically just bought my library degree. I already had a graduate degree (MA history) and for me the first round of grad school was fun, challenging and rewarding. Getting my library degree was none of those, but it allowed me to trade up career-wise (I had been working non-profits before).
Five years ago there was a great demand for trained librarians and it was touted as being the career of the future. I’m not so sure how that holds today with everyone down sizing. As a librarian (in a corporate setting) you are basically overhead and the first to go.
Most large cities have jobs for librarians, just don’t hope to live in Austin, TX. U of T churns out librarians by the basket load and there are tons of un/under-employed librarians in the city.
If you can get a job in the corporate, law or scientific arena you can make decent money (more money than a public librarian), but like I said, you’re the last to be hired and the first to be fired. I think I personally would find more job satisfaction in a university setting where you can be constantly challenged mentally, but I can’t give up the money just yet.
A love of books doesn’t necessarily translate to being librarian. I would say first and foremost you should love organization and information. In the internet age only librarians who work in big public or university libraries spend much time with books.
This topic has been covered a lot here, check out the other threads:
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