Reference Question o' the Day

Can anybody with better Google-fu than I find a web page/study/chart listing internet usage by profession/occupation?  I've just done some quick searching with Google but haven't turned up anything. 

This isn't for anything particular – just out of interest – but I'd be especially happy if “librarian” was included on any list you find as I'm developing an otherwise unfounded theory that librarians are one the highest users of the Net of any profession outside of perhaps “computer scientist” and “computer programmer”.

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Ooooh. A tempting challenge. And one which I'll have to resist for another 2 weeks (12 days; 8 assignments; 1 tired Barb). If nobody's answered you by the time I'm unemployed … er, um, I mean graduated … I'll have a look through some of the library lit & databases that I'll still have access to.
    This is probably way too obvious, but did you try Stats Can?

    Posted 26 Jul 2007 at 3:57 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Most of the statistics available at first glance are arranged geographically, which is helpful, but not what you are looking for. However, this report from the OECD (of which Canada is a member) is interesting, and could serve as a first step – it's possible that there is more extensive information collected, just not available for free yet.
    Check it out:,3343,en_2649_34223_38446855_1_1_1_1,00.html

    Posted 27 Jul 2007 at 4:13 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Yeah, that's definitely on the right track for what I'm looking for.
    I also realised that what I'm looking for isn't really clear in the initial post since most professions probably use the Internet to some degree in this day and age. I guess I was wondering *which* professions used the Internet the most in a few different ways – in their professional lives plus in their personal lives.
    The lack of information makes me think this would be a great idea for a research project for somebody at FIMS someday. Post a questionnaire about people's usage habits at work and at home and cross-reference it with their occupation. Not sure what you'd do to eliminate the self-selection problem – maybe you'd have to make a list of a bunch of professions than randomly seek out 10 or 20 people who work in each area and give them a questionnaire with those types of questions.
    Man, I wish I was back in school!

    Posted 29 Jul 2007 at 3:56 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    If you have time to take a look at those databases, that would be great. As I said, this post came out of a kernel of an idea and some very preliminary Google searching so no, no StatsCan searches yet. (You might say my Google-Fu failed me but I didn't move to the advanced Librarian-Fu level of super power!)

    Posted 29 Jul 2007 at 3:58 am

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