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In How I Met Your Mother, what do we know about Barney's profession except the fact that he works for GNB? References to the show (eg. "in Season X Episode Y,") will be appreciated.

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Let me be the first to say it: "Please." –  WolfgangGroiss Jan 25 '13 at 11:12

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From the HIMYM Wiki:

Not much is known about Barney's career.

However, it is known that he works for the AltruCell Corporation, then later Goliath National Bank after AltruCell acquires GNB in a hostile takeover (Episode 4x02: The Best Burger in New York)

  • It is assumed that he is a high ranking member in the company.

  • He has said that he knows so much about the company's dirty secrets, he won't ever be fired, (Episode 4x20: Mosbius Designs), although he was almost fired in the start of 2010 because he was blamed for the failure of a big merging. (Episode 5x14: Perfect Week)

  • He was head of GNB's search committee in 2008 to design the new GNB headquarters (Episodes 4x08: Woooo!, 4x18: Old King Clancy, 6x03 Unfinished)

  • His job also entails firing potentially hostile employees (Episode 4x18: Old King Clancy)

  • It's hinted that his job may include illegal activities (Episode 3x14: The Bracket)

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Update:

In the episode Unpause (9x15)

  • Barney's job is revealed as PLEASE (Provide Legal Exculpation And Sign Everything)

which means that the company he was working for set him up as a fall guy, as

the task legally implicated Barney in all corporate mishaps and schemes.

(But Barney was well aware of that and it was part of his long term plan to get revenge on the boss of the company, who was the reason why his first girlfriend Shannon left him)

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I'm hoping that since the last season of the TV show is going on, they release more details on this. –  Siddhartha Nov 21 '13 at 16:07
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It was explained in full an episode or two ago, so an update to this is probably in order –  David Z Feb 14 at 0:51
    
To add to this Marshall once says he doesn't know what his job is but "he has a lot of keys" when Robin asks what his job is. –  user7829 Feb 18 at 23:11
    
I think this was one of the best reveals in the show! –  Siddhartha Feb 21 at 4:46

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