- 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.