How to Become a Criminal Profiler in the UK

A criminal profiler or criminal intelligence analyst position in the United Kingdom allows you to aid or lead a group of investigators in criminal investigations.

These profilers or analysts evaluate evidence to gather information on criminals and behaviour patterns, and use this information to prevent crimes by potentially predicting the offender's next move.

With the right background and education you can become a criminal profiler in the United Kingdom. Most criminal profilers in the United Kingdom make a yearly salary of about £25,000, or £24,331.6.

Provide proof that you are a citizen of the United Kingdom: your birth certificate if you were born in the United Kingdom, your drivers license or your passport. If you became a citizen through immigration, you must provide proof of becoming a citizen of the United Kingdom who has the right to be employed there. Some agencies require that you have been a citizen three years or longer before they will hire you.

Get a college degree. To become a criminal profiler or criminal intelligence analyst you must have at least a bachelor's degree. This could be in any degree program; however, it is preferred that it is in criminology. The preferred university is UCL (Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London) but you can receive this degree from any university. For a list of colleges see the Guide to Career Education website.

Enrol in a national agency training program. These training programs are similar to those of the police academy or the FBI training academy in the U.S. Once you have chosen the agency in which you want to be employed, you must enrol in its academy. Go to the agency and apply. You will be put on the waiting list and be notified if a spot within that training program has opened. Being admitted into a training program depends on the agency's employment needs and whether the training program has room for new students.

Get experience. The more experience you have, the more likely you will not have to wait as long to be placed in a criminal profiling position. Even if you start out in a less authoritative role you can prove your abilities in the field and advance.