US government scientists work hard to protect the public.
Some study infectious diseases and effective treatments. Others ensure that drugs, food, vehicles, or consumer products live up to their claims and don't harm anyone.
But the concerns at NASA's headquarters are, quite literally, extraterrestrial — which is why the space agency now has a job opening for "planetary protection officer."
The gig? Help defend Earth from alien contamination, and help Earth avoid contaminating alien worlds it's trying to explore.
The pay? A six-figure salary, from $124,406 to $187,000 a year, plus benefits.