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As a criminal profiler, do you get fulfillment and joy from your job?

I am interested in pursuing a career in criminal profiling, however I know the burnout rates in a job such as this could be high. I have spent a lot of time researching this profession, but I wasn't able to find many answers about the emotional aspect of it. And the little exposure I have had through the media does not go into detail regarding the emotional impact of this profession. I want to know if this job is worth pursuing or is the emotional toll attached to it too great?
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Maryem’s Answer

You must feel a passion for what you want to go to school for. If you’re worried about burn out rates along with emotional attachment that goes with any job you signed up for. I would consider being a criminal profiler is a difficult duty, however, if you have a strong passion and love for what you want to do nothing can stop you and nothing will hold you back. I myself found it difficult when I begin school trying to figure out what profession I wanted to get into and the burn out rates for certain fields , however, the more I studied criminal justice the more I felt the love for the field in my mind. I then did not worry much about the burnout rate along with other cons to the job.

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and passion come.” - Anthony Angelo

Maryem recommends the following next steps:

Look into the FBI website, along with usajobs.
Reach out to different institutions and industries and volunteer at different facilities to get a feel of what your future job could possibly be.

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Jacynta’s Answer

Absolutely, you will get fulfillment in this career. The emotional aspect depends on your emotions. A burnout will only happen if you allow it. The first thing is to remember the logical aspects of this career and what a service you'd be providing to society. I believe in most jobs that are emotionally draining they will detach themselves from the job to avoid a burnout. Know this, everyone is different and unique, and there are many aspects to make people do these atrocities. Not all criminals are bad people but rather may be a victim of circumstances. Any one of us can become a criminal at any point and time. The difference is that we do not act on these impulses and are in control of our thoughts and emotions. Some are not so lucky and some may be suffering from a mental disorder.

We have to consider these things prior to becoming a Criminal Profiler. Basically there are things that each have that will fit the profile but every once in a while there may be a curve ball thrown in to the mix, and that's the part people usually don't pay attention to. These are the ones that get away, because they were the least expected to be profiled. We have to keep an open mind about profiling that many may not consider. You do not have to have any abuse or violence in you past or environment to become a violent criminal. You can come from a great family, have college degrees and is seen as very successful. It does not matter, but these people are the exception to the rule, so we may have to think outside of the box to catch this type of criminal.

Jacynta recommends the following next steps:

I would take Psychology courses to assist with understanding what makes someone behave and act in a way contrary to what we believe
I'd become emotionally detached from profiling and remain fair.
I would not use questions like (like who does that?) because that's a judgement and may lead you to unprofessional thoughts and behaviors
I'd become as well rounded in different cultures to see the differences in how we process information, thoughts and rules.

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David’s Answer

Megan, get the book: Special Agent (My life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI) by: FBI Profiler Candice Delong. As far as I know, no one starts out as a profiler. Go to: fbi.gov. Look at the crimes that they investigate. That will give you an idea of the criminals you would be profiling. Other agencies enlist the help of the FBI. So you would also be helping with things like serial offenders. My job is similar to a profiler. What I do is very emotional. But the reward toll is far greater than the emotional one! I hope this helps.


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Estefany’s Answer

In order to be able to go into this career you have to know if you are able to deal with what is coming. If your passion is to help people I don’t think there should be a problem emotionally to join that field. You have to have a strong mind to know what you will be facing, but that shouldn’t affect your work ethic. I sometimes watch shows like criminal minds and it makes me wonder how I would feel watching it in real life, but also gives me a strong feeling that I would want to help people and put away the bad ones.


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Hewan’s Answer

Yes! Because the goal is to catch felons and help those who have been harmed by those felons. Helping others will always bring fulfillment, and joy if only one knows how to do their job correctly. For instance, one must learn his/herself well to be able to do the job right. Because this job could be emotionally and mentally draining. It is essential to learn how to separate your feelings from your job to be able to succeed so that one could be stable while getting the job done.



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Elizabeth’s Answer

Yes, I am prepared to enter a field of high emotional stress. It gives me relief to genuinely help post-criminals overcome their trials and tribulations. I also enjoy writing brief reports and doing research in my free time.

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Nikyra’s Answer

No Because For One You Have To Look Into Someone Else Life How It Is What You See Going On Off Vision ,Pictures, Or Anything It’s More About Helping People When They Cant Help There Self


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Eric’s Answer

I love being a criminal profiler, entering the mind of the criminal to describe it and thus reducing the list of suspects, trying to think as he would think, meticulously analyzing every aspect of the case in order to help police with the prosecution of crimes. I think that without this method many of the cases would not be possible to solve

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rowan’s Answer

Yes i would fulfillment and much joy from this job


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