Originally Posted by yjeezle
I'm curious, how does one get a job as a lobbyist?
Many lobbyists work in Congressional offices or committees as staff, become close with staff in other offices and on key committees and leave for greener pastures lobbying in their area of expertise: defense, transportation, housing, etc. A lot are former members of Congress who retire or lose elections and join big firms as rain makers. A good amount are high ranking officials in former administrations who lobby in areas where they held political appointment. You'll note that all of these groups are insiders and there is something dirty about lobbying about something you had control over previously and may have control over again- through appointment or otherwise.
Then there are the subject matter expert lobbyists. Former or current members of a profession who are elected to represent their group of similar professionals. Pilots, scientists, etc. They generally lobby on specific subjects only, rather than a broad range of issues.
There are others such as myself. I have been a registered lobbyist periodically over the past 5 years depending on whether or not I meet the requirements. I'm a lawyer for a not-for-profit group and periodically I write legislation that we are trying to get sponsorship for and then I have to go up to the Hill to explain it to Members and committee staff. I do it variably, and I prefer to be unregistered when not engaging in lobbying activities. Presently I am not a registered lobbyist.