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Health Information and Communication

Health Sciences Librarian

Career data updated last on 8/21/2014
Health Sciences Librarian Medical science is moving ahead quickly and it is important for all health professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest information. Health sciences librarians assist health professionals in finding information they need in health science books, journals and audiovisual materials. Health sciences librarians are skilled in computer communications and can search computer databases for the titles of books, journal articles and other medical information sources. They also teach people retrieval and application of health care information. Medical librarians may also develop, design, and manage digital access and content. Other skills include working on multidisciplinary teams and evaluating advanced information technologies.
Salary $32.57- hourly $67,750 annually
Significant Points
Work Environment Health sciences librarians usually work as a collection development officer in the health sciences libraries of hospitals or universities. Some are employed in medically related industries such as pharmaceutical firms as a information architect. Others may be a web manager for an academic medical center. They can also work as user education specialists at a consumer health library or community outreach coordinators for a public health agency.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language. Computer and web design coursers are also helpful.
Academic Requirements Health sciences librarians must have a masters degree in Library Science from a school accredited by the American Library Association. (A baccalaureate degree is required to enter a graduate program in library science; a degree in a life or physical science is helpful for a position as a science or health sciences librarian.) Many schools of library science offer a specialization in the health sciences. Graduates may then apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.


University of Denver
Masters Degree Master's

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