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Careers with a Criminology degree

A Criminology degree doesn’t limit you to a job in the criminal justice sector. See what other career options there are if you study Criminology.

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  1. What can you do with a Criminology degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Criminology graduates?

What can you do with a Criminology degree?

Many Criminology graduates go into roles directly related to crime and punishment, using their insights and research skills to manage, control and prevent crime. Job options include within crime reduction, probation or rehabilitation, or for certain offences like online crime or domestic abuse.

But the skills you gain during a degree course – such as problem solving and critical thinking – set you up for a wide variety of working environments. For example, you could find yourself in a sector like social work, law, mental health support, victim support, charity or national or local government.

Career options

Criminology graduates go into careers like:

  • Community worker
  • Correctional officer
  • Crime analyst
  • Crime scene technician
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • Government officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Private investigator
  • Probation officer
  • Social researcher

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Charity worker
  • Counsellor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Who employs Criminology graduates?

Examples of employers looking for graduates with Criminology skills:

  • National Crime Agency
  • HM Prison & Probation Service
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • UK police force
  • MI5

Typical employers include universities and schools if you go into research or teaching.

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