Too Old to Join FBI? Become a Criminal Profiler

Criminal profilers on television may have you considering this as a new career path. After all, the investigations Spencer Reid conducts on "Criminal Minds" are intellectually stimulating, do good, and pull in interesting colleagues. And, he tools around in a private jet.

The obstacle is this: you are usually older when you begin thinking about becoming criminal profilers and it would be difficult to be hired by any organization. Once in, it usually takes years to be trained to be criminal profilers. In fact, the FBI doesn't hire criminal profilers off-the-street.

The good news is that there is an alternate route. That's self-employment.

Pat Brown, who runs the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency and the Sexual Homicide Exchange, found her calling when she suspected her boarder was a murderer. The police rolled their eyes. On her own she conducted a tedious investigation which often led down blind alleys. Six years later the police arrested the man. To learn more and be taken seriously, she studied for a master's in criminal justice. In her 2010 book The Profiler, Brown tells that story.

Other self-employment niches in this general field include being a private investigator. expert witness, forensic psychologist, and author on criminal subjects. Earnings depend a lot on experience and how well you brand yourself.

Next: How a Criminal Profiler Works - Interview with Pat Brown >>

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