The US Central Intelligence Agency has posted a job opening for a librarian.
The listing says the agency is willing to pay between $50,864 to $118,069 a year. That places the average salary around that of many “reconnaissance” positions at the agency.
Along with keeping track of books, “librarians also have opportunities to serve as embedded, or forward deployed, information experts in CIA offices and select Intelligence Community agencies.”
Translation: Bond. James Bond. Okay maybe not but this is definitely not your typical librarian career.
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.
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 agency says.
For librarians interested in applying, they may not face too much competition. With unemployment rates now hovering at 4.9%, many workers are secure in their jobs and not necessarily looking to accept a new position.