4. Library assistants, clerical
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Master’s degree premium: 7.1% higher (+$2,000 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $30,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $28,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 10.5%Projected job growth by 2026: 9.4%
Library assistants work as the right hand of the head librarian, performing most of the organizational activities that the librarian needs done, such as sorting, cataloging, information retrieval, and other clerical tasks. Working as a library assistant can be a great stepping stone to a career in library science or research.