| Skills Required (list at least five skills, three of which are specific skills in the field of criminal justice).
| Why are the skills listed needed to succeed in the position?
| Criminal Profiler
| To identify the patterns of criminal behavior using psychology. As well as using evidence and crime scenes to determine things about the suspect.
| The ability to stay non-biased, an understanding of forensic science, knowledge of psychology, attention to detail, and an ability to read people and body language.
| You need to be able to read people and stay unbiased to do your job correctly, if you are biased in a situation you may see things that aren’t really there or miss important details. A knowledge of psychology helps you understand people which is what the job is all about and an attention to detail helps you pick up on little traits and details. An understanding of forensic science helps to glean facts from a crime scene and evidence found at one.
| Forensic Psychologist
| A forensic psychologist uses analysis to determine if a person is being truthful, they also counsel inmates and conduct interviews to determine witness credibility and detect possible abuse in children and other victims.
| Excellent analytical skills, good at writing reports, mental toughness, working knowledge of psychological practices, understanding of local and federal laws.
| Report writing is important because a forensic psychologists reports are used in court and must be well written. Analytical skills and a working knowledge of psychological practices are pretty much the core of a psychologists job. Having an understanding of the law helps in knowing what information can and can help in a case and also in writing effective reports. A mental toughness is necessary because you are dealing with and getting into the minds of criminals and abusers and victims and it can be a hard thing to do, harder if you don’t have a right frame of mind for it.
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