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What Can I Do With A Major In Criminology?

Criminology is the scientific and interdisciplinary study of the nature, extent, causes, control, and prevention of criminal behavior in both the individual and society. Criminology also includes the examination of evidence, hereditary, psychological, and social causes of crime, various modes of investigation, and conviction, and the efficiencies of differing styles of punishment, rehabilitation, and corrections.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Airport Security
ATF Inspector
Border Patrol Agent
Chief Deputy
Child Welfare Caseworker
Corrections Counselor
Corrections Officer
Court Administrator
Court Clerk
Court Reporter
Customs Patrol Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Deputy U.S. Marshall
Drug Enforcement Officer
Evidence Technician
FBI Agent
Federal Protection Officer
Fingerprint Technician
I.R.S. Agent
Immigration Guard
Import Specialist
Law Clerk
Law Librarian
Legal Transcriber
Police Dispatcher
Police Officer/Lieutenant
Polygraph Examiner
Postal Inspector
Private Investigator/Consultant
Probation or Parole Officer
Policy Advisor
Secret Service Officer
Security Consultant
Security Officer
Serology Technician
Social Worker
Special Agent, Customs
Special Agent, FBI
Youth Counselor

Types of Employers

Private & Non-Profit Organizations

Adoption and Child Care Agencies
Border Patrol
Correctional Institutions
Education Institutions
Financial Service Companies
Labor Unions
Mental Health Institutions
Real Estate Agencies
Religious Organizations
Resort Hotels
Retail Stores
Social Service Agencies
Substance Abuse Clinics

Government Agencies

Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Civil Rights Commission
Criminal Courts
County Probation Department
Customs & Immigration
Department of Agriculture
Department of Insurance
Division of Youth and Family Services
Drug Enforcement Administration
Family & Juvenile Courts
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Foreign Service
Health and Human Services
Immigration & Naturalization Service
Justice Departments
Labor Department
Military Police
National Security Agency
Parole & Probation Departments
Peace Corps/VISTA
Police Departments - Local & State
Public Defenders Office
Security Organizations
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Transferrable Skills

Transferable Skills
Possesses proficiency in interpersonal communication and networking
Conducts and explains sociological research clearly
Establishes and maintains rapport
Knows community resources
Maintains composure in stressful situations
Displays sensitivity to and understanding of human development and behavior
Understands socio-cultural forces impacting human behavior
Possesses awareness of the processes involved in dynamic person-environment interactions

Research Skills
Operates and uses information derived from computers
Evaluates, integrates and applies knowledge
Uses a computer to derive necessary information
Observes and analyzes introspectively
Develops strong quantitative and statistical skills

Problem Solving Skills
Evaluates problems and makes appropriate decisions
Analyzes concepts, definitions, arguments and complex problems
Organizes ideas, deals with questions of value, and extracts information
Distinguishes fine differences between views and discovers common ground
Generates ideas and formulates solutions

Communication Skills
Interprets and clearly explains psychological research and tests of all types
Presents ideas through well-constructed, systematic arguments
Listens and responds to others objectively
Expresses a distinctive view and explains difficult material
Eliminates ambiguities and vagueness in communication
Establishes and maintains rapport through interpersonal communication skills
Articulates problem solving and goal oriented results


Experiential Education

Volunteering in rider programs with the local police department

Answering a crisis hotline and provide support to callers

Interning at a juvenile detention center

Serving as an advocate for rape victims and/or abused children

Participating in the US Marshals Internship Program

Professional Associations

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences,

American Society of Criminology,

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,

Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction,

National Association of Police Organizations,

National Criminal Justice Association,

National Sheriffs’ Association,

The American Correctional Association,

The International Association of Crime Analysts,

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Add a minor or double major

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Source: Rutgers University

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