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Criminal profiler Think you can outsmart a serial killer? Want to use your powers of deduction to improve the world and keep the community safe? For anyone who has ever watched a crime series or movie thriller and has been fascinated by the world of criminology, the tough but rewarding role of criminal profiler might be of interest. Working within police units and government agencies, and sometimes working as external consultants brought in for special cases or initiatives, criminal profilers have a very specific skill set. Oh yes, criminal profilers are kryptonite to crooks, as they use their wits and vast reserves of knowledge and experience to pinpoint the personalities, behaviours, motivations and likely next moves of criminals. Whether it’s working on a cold case that has remained unsolved for decades or a fresh series of murders that haunts a community, criminal profilers use a range of skills to put together reports that inform detectives of the type of person who is potentially responsible for the crimes they are investigating. And yes, creativity is a part of the role because thinking outside of the box often leads to breakthroughs in cases. Apart from being a creative thinker, a typical profiler has a good understanding of criminal psychology and behaviour, garnered from tertiary studies and real-life experience working for (or with) law enforcement and corrections agencies. They understand crime scene protocol, legal frameworks and police terminology. Being able to handle disturbing information and confronting images is an important skill for criminal profilers to cultivate, as this type of role

involves working on cases involving sexual predators, kidnappers and murderers. It’s nasty stuff to deal with on a daily basis, so criminal profilers need to set aside personal feelings to work on the task at hand. Despite the long hours and challenging nature of the work, criminal profilers have a job that makes a real, tangible difference to the community. Imagine having the skills to accurately paint a psychological portrait of a criminal that ultimately leads to the capture and arrest of a serial killer. Imagine knowing that your work helps a family finally receive closure after years of sadness and pain. Sure, most cases can’t be wrapped up neatly like an episode of CSI: Miami and some cases may end up haunting you, but few jobs in this world are as important, or interesting, as this one.

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Education or qualifications: Tertiary studies in criminology, criminal justice, behavioural science or forensic psychology are needed. Experience required: Extensive experience working with law enforcement is essential. Training: Profiling is included in most criminology and forensic psychology degrees. Law enforcement agencies also train individuals within the department. Restrictions: Criminal record checks are generally required by most countries and jurisdictions.

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