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Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 - 9. Librarian

 

A peaceful atmosphere and unlimited access to literature makes librarian a welcoming career option for the bookish. Librarians have many careers paths at schools, colleges and universities, city/county funded libraries and in corporate research.

 

MEDIAN SALARY: $54,500

 

JOB OUTLOOK: 7%

 

JOBS RATED STRESS SCORE: 10.58

 

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Based on the amount of time you had free to write this I would personally agree website website that you have an easy life.  Try being an energy analyst/consultant in the world of business.  Why don't you spend your abundance of free time researching the calamity that is the energy market. Try being a negotiater for 100's of companies in a market saturated by greed and spending half your day calling 100's of more businesses to find the person that takes care of the energy management ment to build leads and begin the whole process again.  I understand you do more than count boold and sort them but your blind if you think you have it harder than other people.

Not Stressful

For the most part this job is not stressful at all. I have had a multitude of positions in various fields. Bottom line. You have to deal with the public in most jobs. They are dumb, drunk, rude, and illogical. But sometimes they can be kind, thoughtful, insightful, and inspiring.Working for a library was way better than working in a heavily quotaed, very political, stilted corporate America (what most of us work in).  There are these things called "resposibilities" in almost evey job.  

Are You Kidding Me?

First off, where did you get your salary figure? I have 10 years of professional experience, and an MLIS and make $34,000. Librarianship isn't stressful? For this substandard pay, I plan programs for youth and teens, including a weekly storytime 9 months out of the year. I staff 2 reference desks, and occasionally the circulation desk. I deal with the rude, the drunk, the drugged, and the mentally ill. I deal with computer problems, e-reader questions, unattended children, deadbeat parents, and cleaning up after patrons who think I am their mother. Understaffing, budget cuts and demanding patrons make my job very stressful. Sometimes I regret getting my library degree.

I'd love to be a librarian!

It's not stress-free, but working PT as a circ. clerk, I enjoyed the combination of customer service and strategy that goes into running a library.  However, there are VERY FEW library jobs and VERY MANY applicants for them.  It takes a Master's Degree and often, relocation to find a career in the library.  This is kind of a "dream job" for academic types, which means it's tough to come by. 

I Could Not Agree More

There is even a hashtag for #librarianproblems on Twitter...take a close look and you will find out how stressful the job really is.

Yay!

Glad to see this comment.  I'm pursuing an undergrad in history right now, and will then get my MLIS.  I have worked at a library for about a year as a work-study, and it was awesome.  Now, I'm in Financial Aid -- OMG -- talk about STRESS!

Is this salary for

Is this salary for librarian's for real??

You are all cry babies.

If i've learned anything from this, it's that everyone hates their job.

Is this criticism or the

Is this criticism or the start of an essay?

YOU ARE SO RIGHT! I'm on the

YOU ARE SO RIGHT! I'm on the ref desk right now!

Get thee to a library!

Libraries are awesome and have much to offer for all, terriffic resources and programs. Seriously, CareerCast, you need to check out some libraries, then you'd see the truth about the awesomeness AND the incredible challenges and job stress librarians must cope with.

WTF!

This really pisses me off! Walk into any academic library and the stress levels of the staff are through the roof! What goes on behind the scenes is nothing like a member of the public would imagine.

Libraries/Librarians must combat this stereotype

As has already been outlined here by so many astute librarians, CareerCast's cursory analysis of what it is like to be a librarian is certainly lost in a sort of 1950s stereotype. Nevertheless it demonstrates how totally active and current and potent this stereotype continues to be. The "serene, peaceful" idea of libraries and librarians as being primarily bookish people who husband a primarily book collection is pretty much kicking our collective ass right now... Even though this is "only an idea" with almost no connection to the current reality of libraries nationwide, that idea is powerful and having a sweeping effect. Even though folks who actually use libraries know that such a serene "peaceful" picture of the library-world is ridiculous--- it is the continued existence of that stereotype in the cultural and especially political mindscape that is knocking us back (libraries=books, librarians=bun wearing, kindly (or passive-aggressive) "housewives of the collection").... This stereotype has been perpetrated so thoroughly that once we start to question the continued existence of the printed book as the main vehicle or platform for knowledge and stories, those who are operating from that stereotype naturally question the need for libraries and librarians---thus you get budget cuts and layoffs at precisely the moment when library use is climbing sky high....  But who and what perpetuate this stereotype? Perhaps in some ways we all do?Even authors who should know better like J.K Rowling, continue to propagate this stereotype (think Madame Pince, grumpy, controlling, and mean spirited in the Harry Potter books; her patrons must sneak around her or even break into the library at night in order to gain access to the materials they need). Yet at the core of every stereotype there is usually at least a thin sliver of truth---as organizations and individuals we must always ask ourselves if we are truly about access (on whatever platform)---and not just preservation/control---- and yet, that said----in most libraries librarians are absolutely dedicated to access! So dedicated that we do indeed in some cases put our lives on the line working with all comers to provide that access! The reality we are saddled with is that just at the moment when this old stereotype is truly outdated, its effects in the cultural arena are threatening the continued existence of libraries in a very real way. When politicians cut funding because they don't know or undstand the importance of libraries to the community and when parts of the community; especially middle or upper class strata ignore the library as though it could offer no service valuable to them---we are allowing, as a nation, that outdated idea of libraries to continue to have its narrow and outdated effect...

Yes to most stressfull!

I'm with you.  Stress, we got!  You forgot to mention the mystery poop found in odd places. But then again, I didn't enter the proffession because I wanted a relaxing, boring job.

Consider relativity please...

I am a librarian (#9 least stressful), and my husband falls under enlisted military personnel (#1 most stressful).  I would completely concur that his job is vastly more stressful than mine. There are always elements such as hours, location, unique events and problems, funding, and groups of people (coworkers/administration) that can contribute to higher or lower stress levels for individuals within the gamut of any given field. I would suggest that people remember that this is comparing general stressors across many fields to determine where a field falls in relation to other fields.  Any and every job can be stressful...but counting ones blessings can make it a little less stressful. 

Belongs on the MOST Stressful list

Try working with the mentally ill, homeless, drunk, and the verbally abusive.   Try working nights and weekends for no extra pay week in, week out.  Try having no control over your daily schedule and being sceduled for the public service desk at different times each day on the whim of someone who will give himself a much lighter load.  Try being responsible for finding, immediately, info and comprehensive answers to any and all possible questions in the areas of oh, ALL human knowledge for all of history using a depleted collection, questions asked by patrons both in person and simultaneously by phone while also acting as security guard, switchboard operator, maintenance man, traffic cop, psychiatric social worker, office supply denier (sorry, we don't have any White Out, envelopes, folders, highlighters, stamps, etc), detective (sorry, sir, that book was not in any of the places I looked), mind reader ("Get me book with the red cover, you know, the one with 'the' in the title), IT troubleshooter and more.   Try working with a Board of Trustees who have ultimate control but have Never worked in a library, and management with very little to no training,experience, or oversight. Stress? Who, us?

Makes me wonder which branch you manage.

Still, a very rewarding career when you can provide the services, the directors are fighting for you, and the tax base is solid. You could be working in a prison library, they also suffer.  Keep it up.

Another myth bites the dust!

Thanks for this truthful albeit hilarious rendition of a boring day in the life of a stress-less librarian!

Oh, I don't think so...

I would be interested in knowing what sources CareerCast used to arrive at this conclusion and provide the information. I cannot believe there were very many librarians in the mix.

Any public service job is stressful!

I must add to the pileup of contrary comments about the stress levels of librarians.  As a public library director, I have been dealing with a revenue decline of over 30% in the past 5 years; an inability to hire anyone who retires or leaves for another job; telling all my part time workers that their hours have been cut in half indefinitely; increased use; angry patrons due to not only the usual complaints but now shortened public service hours; stinky homeless patrons with nowhere else to go and you want to say this is an unstressful job?!?
And it isn't just the directors who are stressed - there are few jobs out there, they pay less than a teacher's salary, job security is shakier than it's ever been in 100 years.  We have two part time MLS degreed librarians who had their corporate library positions cut to half time, each after having been on those jobs for over 15 years. 
Add in the concerns about ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming music and movies...In the past it might have been serene, but not now.

Let me prove our worth

Let's see in a public library, I've had to confront a drunk patron with a machete... the woman working by herself next door at the dry cleaner's had her head bashed in with a rock, she was raped and beaten. Trying calming staff and patrons down after that one. There are daily encounters with the mentally ill, homeless, and/or lonely. If the library is any good, everyone is working their tails off because so many people are using it. Library work that makes my heart sing (I agree that fulfilling work does lessen stress), but to say we're not stressed because we have "access to literature" implies we sit around reading all day.Instead, let me prove our value. I would ask you to figure out exactly what you pay for your library services annually. Figure out how much you and your family would have to check out to get exactly double your money back each year. Too easy? (I know!) OK, how about triple the value of your investment? (Still too easy to do? (I know!!). How about quadruple times your yearly investment?What were you saying again? About librarians not being stressed? We're working and loving every minute of it. But we may be stressed. 

I disagree with this less stressful post

The better educated public knows better than to set foot in a public library. People smell. Mostly homeless hangout in the downtown locations. Hordes of children whose parents have no money for childcare cram into the library every week day hogging the computers for games yelling and cursing (and that's the elementary school kids). People demand to know why you can't pull a specific book out of your ass RIGHT NOW! BECAUSE I PAY YOUR SALARY DAMN IT! Old people who can't see or are illiterate want you to enter sensitive information about them on the computer for them. No one over the age of 60 that comes to the library knows how to use a mouse. Children ask you for food every five minutes. People think that you can do their taxes for them for free when you can't even do your own taxes. Don't even get me started on summer reading. That's three months of nonstop summer fun where I drink a bottle of wine every day and cry myself to sleep. THATS how low stress my job is as a librarian. And not dangerous! My friend was held up at gun point three times in one year at different branches of a public library. Why? Because crazy people like to frequent libraries as in "I'm off my meds..let's go to the library! and take a gun..."

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