As a criminologist what do you do?
I will be a rising sophomore and majoring in sociology. I have an interest in criminology and have been doing research into the career. However, I'm not sure what I want to do so I would like to hear from a professional's point of view what an everyday life of a criminologist looks like. Thanks in advance. career-path criminologist experience
I have taught a few criminology courses and I also worked in a drug detection lab for at least five years so I do have some experience with this issue! However, I am not specifically a criminologist. The thing is this: "criminology" is an extremely broad discipline. It could include diverse subjects as chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, political science, civics, law, law enforcement, accounting, and much more. But it is essentially the study of crime. You could be a generalist and certainly a crime investigator has to be well versed in as many of the subcategories as possible, or you could be a specialist. I used to teach courses in chemical investigations. This subject includes poisons, explosives, arson, DNA analysis, metals analysis, drug analysis, and much more.
This type of career can be wonderfully challenging. It is certainly a discipline which is forever growing and changing, so it should never become dull! I see much opportunity for advancement as well. It is worth it for a young person to take a closer look at it. You may also find it worth considering an advanced degree, post graduate, in forensics.
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