If you are intrigued by the processes that define criminal behavior, control and the administration of justice, and different theories of crime, studying Criminology is an educational option to consider.

Career Options in Criminology

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of what options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Criminology degree than others.

  • Activist
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Airport Security Officer
  • Animal Welfare Investigator
  • Author
  • Behaviour Profiler
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Coast Guard
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Community Relations Consultant
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Corporate Security
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Reporter
  • Crime Reporter
  • Crime Scene Analyst
  • Customs Inspector
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Forensics Specialist
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Historical Researcher
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Court Officer
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legislative Aid
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Military Officer
  • Non-profit Sector Administrator
  • Ombudsman
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Personal Security Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • Politician
  • Polygraph Technician
  • Prison Official
  • Probation Officer
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Teacher
  • Victims Advocate

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Criminology Degree

Studies in Criminology can develop many different personal and professional abilities.

Core Criminology Skills

  • An understanding of the criminal justice system from historical, sociological and legal perspectives, including current theories and research
  • Knowledge of the roles of state and non-state agencies in regulation and policing
  • The skills to explore and critically analyze criminological theories about why people commit crime
  • The ability to gather various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work, be it individual or in the context of group work in any professional environment

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements
  • A good formation of public speaking skills and the ability to present your ideas in front of others with confidence
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • An ability to prepare oral and written presentations and reports using current data and technology
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
  • Logical thinking skills and the ability to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems

Professional Associations and Organizations in Criminology

Knowing an industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.