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Criminologist

Criminologists look at the reasons why people commit crimes and find ways to reduce re-offending.

Potential salary

£23,500 to £36,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of sociology and anthropology for understanding society and culture
  • excellent written communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • persistence and determination
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • researching the reasons why people commit crime
  • advising policy makers in the justice and policing systems
  • analysing data from surveys and intelligence to spot trends
  • working on crime reduction and rehabilitation programmes
  • recommending ways to improve the effectiveness of punishments
  • visiting prisons and probation services to speak to offenders and ex-offenders
  • attending conferences and presenting research findings
  • teaching students at college or university

You could work in an office, in a prison or visit sites.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You could become a senior policy adviser on crime and crime reduction with local or national government, the police or the probation service.

You could also work as a specialist researcher in particular offences, for example online abuse, organised crime or youth offending.

With further training, you might move into social or probation work, a career in law or join the security services.

You can find out more about working in crime and justice from GOV.UK.

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