Where do Criminologists work?
A criminologist is an individual with training in criminal justice and psychology. These people usually have an advanced degree in their field of work and training through an internship or other type of activity while in college. Upon graduation, they work in fields that allow them the chance to examine criminal activities and behaviors up close. They analyze the behaviors and make assumptions as to how the crime was committed and what the criminal might do next.
A large number of criminologists work on their own time and in their own office. They work as independent contractors for police stations and other types of law enforcement agencies that will contact them when they need help on a case. Those with psychology training may operate their own psychologist's office, while doing part-time work on the side with law enforcement. This gives them the opportunity to work on a variety of different cases at one time.
There are also criminologists who work with law enforcement offices as staff members. Larger cities are particularly fond of hiring these individuals on a full-time basis. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also hires criminologists. These individuals work as consultants and researchers as well as profilers and agents for the Bureau. There are also some criminologists who work full-time as police officers on the local level.
Other criminologists work with security agencies and private firms. Financial institutions such as banks hire criminologists as consultants. They examine the buildings, looking for signs of weakness or weak spots in the security. Once a crime is committed, they're called in to examine the evidence and determine how the crime was committed.
Criminologists also work at colleges and universities. Those with an advanced degree sometimes work as college professors, training the next generation of criminologists. They often work part-time as professors, while still maintaining jobs in another field. They might teach two days a week and work as a consultant when needed.
Those are by no means the only places where criminologists work. Some work as medical examiners after gaining the proper training and completing their education. This gives them the chance to use their training to uncover evidence on bodies killed during criminal activity. They handle all bodies brought in by the local police force, including those who die of natural causes. It's their job to determine the cause of death.
The prison system also hires criminologists. These employees study criminals and their behavior, as well as the prison system. The Drug Enforcement Agency also uses criminologists in their work. Individuals working for the DEA help setup undercover operations and research existing drug dealers to find links that might exist.
In addition, criminologists work in the Customs department and in Border Patrol. They look for things individuals are bringing into the country illegally and look for signs of smuggling. They are particularly interested in the smuggling of people, drugs and counterfeit products. By identifying the major operators in smuggling, they save the United States millions of dollars every year. Criminologists work in almost all areas of law enforcement on all levels.
Schools Offering Criminology Courses:
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.
- Applied Criminology Certificate
Join the community of thought leaders at University of the Rockies. Pursue your graduate degree from the University’s School of Professional Psychology or School of Organizational Leadership.
- MA in Psychology, Criminology and Justice Studies
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- Criminology and Emergency Response Management
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
- MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections
For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.
- Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations
- Associate of Science in Crime Scene Technology
San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.
- Degree - Criminal Justice: Corrections
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- Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Forensic Science
Colorado State University-Global Campus
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- Master - Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
- MS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime Analysis Concentration
- BS Criminal Justice - Human Services