Individuals who are interested in becoming criminal profilers may want to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social sciences, criminal justice or behavioral science. Degree programs in criminal justice are available with a concentration in forensic investigation and provide training in criminology, criminal procedures, law enforcement, criminal law, evidence gathering, social psychology and criminal investigation. Graduate degree programs in forensic psychology also provide the educational background needed to work as a profiler.
Individuals may also become criminal profilers through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit offers training in criminal behavior, psychopathology, crisis management, death investigation management and criminology to law enforcement officers, the U.S. military, new FBI agents and other personnel, government intelligence officers and others.
Criminal profilers need a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or psychology and may benefit from a graduate degree in forensic psychology.