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Business services in librarians' future.

The number of librarian jobs is projected to grow about 5 percent between 1998 and 2008. However, the occupation is expected to grow much faster in various industries, notably business services.

Librarian jobs in the business services industry are projected to grow by 87 percent between 1998 and 2008, by far the largest percent increase. Museums and botanical and zoological gardens are expected to experience a 51-percent growth rate, followed by social services at 44 percent, engineering and management services at 39 percent, and legal services at 22 percent. More moderate growth rates of 12 and 8 percent, respectively, are expected in local governments and State governments (exclusive of education and hospitals).

Education is not expected to record any growth in librarian employment, while the Federal Government is projected to have 12 percent fewer librarians in 2008 than in 1998. For more information, see "Librarians: Information experts in the information age," by Olivia Crosby, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2000-01.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2001
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