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Criminal Profiler

Criminal Profiler Career Description

Offender profiling is a method used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to solve crimes and apprehend dangerous criminals through gathering and analyzing evidence at a crime scene. A criminal profiler is specially trained to analyze crime scene data in order to form a detailed profile of the perpetrator.

Criminal Profiler Education Requirements

While the FBI has no specific job title called ""profiler,"" the agents who perform these duties are called supervisory special agents. A minimum of three years as a special agent is required before one can be considered for a supervisory position.
A four-year college degree is a minimum requirement for any FBI agent. The FBI has no specific requirements for areas of study, but for an aspiring profiler, a traditional or online degree in criminal justice would certainly be relevant to the field. Online criminal justice degrees can include coursework in forensic psychology and criminal behavior, two key elements of criminal profiling.
Outside of the FBI, for instance as a police job, the path to becoming a criminal profiler is similar, involving years of law enforcement training and experience to gain the necessary background in criminal investigation.

Criminal Profilers Job Description and Salary Range

The FBI refers to this field as ""competitive,"" although there is no hard data on job outlook. As a law enforcement career, criminal profiling is still relatively new, and its proven effectiveness makes it a likely bet that the field will continue to grow and develop in coming years. *The average salary range for this career is $60,000 to $70,000 annually.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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