The professionalization of criminal profiling

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Chris Messer


Criminal Profilers enjoy a prominent status in the public eye due to dramatized media coverage, both fictionally and non-fictionally. However, literature is scarce on how one becomes a profiler and the degree
to which the occupation is independent and professional. This study examines the current level of professionalism among criminal profilers. Through a content analysis of both literature and job announcements, this article suggests that, currently, there is little movement toward the professionalization of criminal profilers. Using Friedson’s model of professionalization, this article suggests the professionalization of
profilers is hindered by the lack of centralized expertise, the absence of any formal credentialism, and minimal autonomy.

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