FBI: Behavioral Analyst

Description: BAU personnel collaborate closely with federal, local and international law enforcement agencies to produce accurate recreations of violent crimes, provide a psychological framework for such crimes and predict the likely actions of violent perpetrators. The Behavioral Analysis Unit has commonly been popularized as profilers for their ability to analyze evidence and develop a psychological profile of the culprit. The effectiveness of these FBI profilers is based on careful analysis of thousands of cases of violent crime, which are then used in similar cases to provide an understanding of the perpetrators motives and modes of operation.

● Reconstruct a crime based on the evidence
●Create a profile of the perpetrator along with distinguishing psychological features and behavioral        patterns
●Partner with other law enforcement agencies and provide investigative support
●Maintain a current database on violent crimes, terroristic actions and aberrant behavior
●Interview criminals and terrorists in order to obtain insights into their motives and actions
●Provide insights into serial criminals which may assist in apprehension
●Develop threat assessments about individuals and groups that pose risks to national or public safety

Educational Requirements: You need at least a bachelor's degree in order to gain employment in the FBI. The FBI doesn't require any specific area of study, but you might benefit most from a degree in criminal justice, psychology or a related field to help you gain knowledge of the law and the human mind.

The University of Texas offers one of the best psychology programs in the nation. You can earn an undergraduates degree in 4 years or a graduates in 6, which will look better on job applications.

Salary: The average starting salary is about $43,705 during the 16-week training program, and after graduation between $53,743 and $58,335 because you have to start out as an FBI Agent. Once transferred into the BAU You are eligible to make up to $129,517.

Future Outlook: To become an agent in the BAU, you must first become an FBI Agent, and have held the position for 3-7 years. even then spots are limited, and there are more people who want the job than there are job openings. This career has a long-lasting future because of the time it takes just to become a part of it.

Benefits: FBI agents receive training at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia. This training is tailored to the individual agent and the potential that the agent has for advancement and development. The FBI also strives to provide flexible work-life programs for agents who are trying to balance special needs at home with work needs. You get to investigate crime scenes, make arrests, and interrogate the offenders, and Federal Agents are always put into position to protect and serve others.

Similar Careers: Forensic Psychologist, Behavioral Research and instruction, FBI Agent, Police Officer, Psychologist

Why I Picked This Career to Explore: I have always found psychology interesting, but having a full-time desk job or sitting in an office talking to people wasn't a part that interested me. Then i started watching a show called "Criminal Minds" on TV, which was an influence to my decision.

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