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What Careers are Available with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology?

When you study for a criminology degree, you’ll explore the root causes and sociological impact of crime, while looking for ways to eradicate it. Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree provides you with a foundational understanding of criminal behavior and teaches you valuable skills that translate well in the job field.

These skills can open many doors as you choose your career path. Here are some of the more popular careers open to individuals with a bachelor’s in criminology.

Criminologist

A criminologist studies the relationship between social behaviors and the resulting criminal activity. Many criminologists play an important role in assisting law enforcement officials and other agencies with crime prevention methods or criminal profiling. Because a wide variety of organizations employ criminologists, the depth and scope of this position can vary. Those with a bachelor’s degree in criminology can often find entry-level positions, while training and additional education such as a Master of Science in Criminology can lead to more advanced positions.

Law enforcement officer

Law enforcement officers play a crucial role in protecting people and property. The most common position is a police officer or detective, which offered a median pay of $60,270 in 2015.1 Within the scope of a law enforcement position are a variety of other jobs, including fish and game wardens, state police officers and sheriffs. This position could also lead to a more highly specialized position as a federal law enforcement official, where you could work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Secret Service, or U.S. Border Patrol.

Victims’ advocate

A victims’ advocate supports victims of crime by fulfilling a variety of roles. The advocate can provide counseling services, run a crisis hotline, or spearhead support groups, to name just a few. A degree in criminology gives victims’ advocates a greater awareness and understanding of the people they are helping. Many victims' advocates embark on this career path out of a true desire to help people. With many organizations recognizing the value of this important social services position, including state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, there are numerous opportunities for victims' advocates to utilize their training in order to make a positive impact.

Probation officer

A probation officer works with parolees or those on probation to make sure the offender refrains from further criminal activity. This is a specialized position that requires critical thinking skills, emotional stability, communication skills and decision-making skills, all of which are developed with a degree in criminology. In May 2015, the BLS reported a median annual wage of $49,360, with the highest 10 percent of these officers earning more than $86,140.2 In addition, it reports that job opportunities should remain plentiful for qualified workers, with positions routinely becoming available.3

A criminology degree provides a strong foundation for a variety of rewarding careers. With this knowledge, you’ll be well equipped to land a job where you can truly help make the world a better place. To learn more about how you can earn a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Regis University, call 877.820.0581 or request more information.

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Sources

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm

2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists

3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm#tab-6