The Plum Book: More Cool Jobs
When one of The Eye's editors first heard about the "Plum Book," he thought we were referring to a tasty cocktail. After a little more than three hours of scanning the book, The Eye could use one! Another colleague says it reminds her of the old catalogs she used to sign up for college courses. Feel free to look at it for yourself on the GPO Access Web site.
Here's a further look at cool-sounding jobs:
Wage and Hour Administrator: This person investigates possible violations of various employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, minimum wage laws, child labor laws, etc. They cooperate with the Department of Justice in such investigations, according to labor department spokesman Loren Smith.
Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management: This presidentially-appointed person oversees labor issues at the department of... labor.
Director, Office of Pavement Technology: This is another career, non-political position that oversees an office of the Federal Highway Administration. The office researches new ways to make roads more durable, according to FHA spokesman Doug Hecox. Back in 2004 the office installed "rustic pavement technology" to manipulate the color of the asphalt outside the White House on Pennsylvania Ave., giving it a more "rustic" appearance.
Director, Office of Compact Negotiations: It's a vacant position that will earn you at least $114,468 per year.
Representative of the U.S. on the Council of international Civil Aviation Organization: Must Love Planes.
And if you've always wanted to work on a faraway island, The Eye recommends you apply to become the Chief of Mission for Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Dominica or Barbados. This one person represents U.S. interests to all of those islands and has an office in Bridgetown, Barbados. If you don't like the Caribbean, perhaps Chief of Mission to the Marshall Islands or the Solomon Islands might suit you better.
Two things to keep in mind:
1.) The Eye means no disrespect to the current or future people who hold these positions.
2.) The chances of picking up the latest Plum Book, applying for a job and getting hired are slim. Brookings Institution presidential expert Stephen Hess says he hired only two people for the Nixon Administration in early 1969 who applied using the Plum Book.
Even if Joe the Federal Job Applicant fails to get hired by perusing the Plum Book, it's still fun to look at what's out there!
| November 12, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
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