According to a news update on the ALIA website, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released labour force statistics from the 2006 census. The library sector employs 24,849 people. Of these, 10,085 are librarians, 6,510 library technicians and 8,254 library assistants. Interestingly, just over 83 per cent of Australian library workers are female, only a slight movement in the gender breakdown over recent years.
Certainly, in my experience, male librarians can often be looked upon as oddities, and looking at these statistics, it's little wonder why. Even in my branch of librarianship, the majority of my peers are female, and I estimate that 90 per cent of them are middle aged, with little sign of the younger generations coming up to succeed them as they retire. Another demographic trend is at work here, which I won't comment on. I commented on the popular stereotyping of male librarians in an earlier post, so I won't regurgitate what I wrote at the time. This is the downside of working in a highly feminised profession. Needless to say, I find it frustrating at times, but as with other things in life, you just grin and bear it.