LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If you know how to speak in tongues, the feds want to talk to you.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is on the hunt for hundreds of qualified applicants as linguists for the department.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the role calls for duties ranging from listening to suspected criminals and translating documents to interpreting motives and intentions of wanted suspects.

Special Agent James Myers, the official in charge of the FBI’s intelligence program, said those hired will work on cases from Las Vegas to San Diego.

“We’re looking for a Spanish linguist, Chinese, Armenian, Pashtun, many different languages across the world that we’re dealing with on a daily basis,” Myers said.

Although the job is initially only a contract position, those applicants hired by the bureau can expect pay between $27 and $41 dollars an hour, with the possibility of full-time employment.

For more info and details on the position, visit the FBI’s careers website.


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