I am an American (in New Orleans, Louisiana) considering moving out of the country and Finland is one of my top choices. What degree in Finland is required to…

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15.11.2014

I am an American (in New Orleans, Louisiana) considering moving out of the country and Finland is one of my top choices. What degree in Finland is required to be a librarian and what is the average pay for someone in Helsinki who is just starting out? Thanks!

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18.11.2014
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18.11.2014

There are requirements based on the Finnish Library decree. You can find that at http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/library-branch/basic-information-about-fi…, Section 4. In nuthell, 70 per cent of the personnel should have an education suitable for library. 45 per cent should have “a university degree comprising or supplemented with higher education studies in library and information sciences of a minimum extent of 60 ECTS points” or “a polytechnic degree comprising or supplemented with higher education studies in library and information sciences of a minimum extent of 60 ECTS points”.

According to KVTES (a collective agreement; http://flash.kuntatyonantajat.fi/kvtes-2014-2016/html/), a basic salary for a librarian in municipal libraries is between 1 831,95 and 2 124,18 Euros. Of course, the salary also depends on a level of difficulty at work. As far as I know, salaries may be a bit better in Helsinki than elsewhere in Finland, but I can’t tell you the average salary in Helsinki as there is no information on that.

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