Check out this infographic about librarians. Much of it is no surprise to anyone in the profession – for example, that only 1% of librarians are 20-24, considering most jobs require a masters degree and many choose librarianship as a second career, or that women outnumber men.
But our chair-elect, Brandy, pointed out that the chart for employment only includes local government (27%) and educational institutions (59%) as employers. What about the other 14%?
While many Social Science Division members do work for educational institutions, and some probably are employed by local government, I would guess that most of us fall into that 14%. I know I do, as the librarian for a nonprofit research library. Some of you probably even work for yourselves, like Brandy.
Whether you fall into the 14% or the 86%, I’d love to hear what you think of this depiction of the profession, and what kind of organization you work in. Let us know in the comments!
(By the way, I think the 59% and 27% numbers come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It strikes me as pure laziness to take those numbers and slap them into a pie chart that doesn’t even add up to 100%.)