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How to Look for Jobs in Criminology and Criminal Justice

By February 4, 2013

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I can't tell you how many times I get asked the same question: "Hi! I'm graduating next week with a degree in criminology. Job ApplicationDo you have any ideas on where I should look for a job?"

My first thought is that I need more information before I can give anyone any tips on where to look. There are so many possible career paths within criminology that your degree can take you in any one of hundreds of directions.

So, what should you do? To prepare for a career in criminology, you need to devise a plan: what you want to do, where you want to work, and how far you intend to go in your education.

Finding Jobs in Criminology

In general, the first and best places to look for criminal justice and criminology jobs are government agencies: jails, prisons, probation offices and police departments. Depending on where you live, there are plenty of opportunities available, both for sworn and civilian criminology careers.

The Internet is obviously a valuable resource, both to find jobs in criminology and criminal justice and to learn more about careers. So, too, are local college and university career planning offices and individual government human resources or personnel offices.

The Waiting Game

Some personal flexibility and perseverance is also in order. There's a decent chance that you may need to move to find the job you want. There is also a fairly good chance that it may take a while to get hired. The background investigation for many jobs can take months to complete, so the earlier you apply for the job the better.

Worth It in the End

No matter what your choice, my best advice is that you stick with it on the job hunt. In the end, there's no doubt in my mind that you'll find your new career was well worth the effort.

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