The CIA currently has a job opening for a librarian. You might not realize that there are actually a number of jobs at the CIA that don’t involve being a spy.
Pay is excellent for the position. The listed range is from $50,864 to $118,069 a year which is well above the income for a U.S. family.
But it has a huge amount of benefits.
In addition to the cachet of working at the CIA, “librarians also have opportunities to serve as embedded, or forward deployed, information experts in CIA offices and select Intelligence Community agencies.”
Translation: There may be some James Bond-like opportunities, if you want them. How cool is that?
The requirements for the job include a master’s degree, some prior library experience and the ability to pass an intensive background check. It includes a medical and psychological exam and a lie detector test. You won’t be able to pass on any of these requirement.
Also it should be noted that the CIA also says applicants “must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months.”
Librarians play an “essential role” in intelligence gathering and managing CIA materials. The federal government employs over 1,400 librarians. It’s a wonderful opportunity for one lucky person.
America’s unemployment rate is now 4.9%, a rate that many consider full employment. Companies (and likely the government) say they are having trouble finding skilled workers.
Job prospects for librarians are decent, but not great. The Labor Department forecasts “slower than average” growth for librarian positions.