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How long does it take to finish a criminology career?

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Michelle’s Answer

Great question Dashary! A career in any field requires some school. If you enjoy what you are doing, once out in the working world, you may find that the years fly by. If you don't like what you are doing, then it's time to move on. So learning and growing in knowledge is a lifetime event. If you really do like the criminology field - then a typical lifetime is about 20 years...this is the commitment you make to retire. And what I mean by that is, you start your position with an agency and you are building your retirement (the monies you will have to live off of when you no longer want to work).
Most people in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections and the legal fields are here for a life-time. Many do 20 or more years, depending on if they promote upwards and obtain ranks, degrees, and different positions within their careers. Many go on to teach on the side and do that for 20 or more years. It took me almost 18 years to get into my field (from high school until I got my job at the Sheriff's Office). Fifteen of those years were after getting my Bachelor's degree. It just depends on you, how much you love what you are doing or where you want to be. Retirement is the goal, but not the end.
Best of luck to you and I hope you find a career you love.
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Patrick’s Answer

You can complete a college degree in 4 years or so. That, however, is just the beginning. Criminology will require continued training and education for your entire lifetime, so you essentially never COMPLETE your criminology career. Forensics, forensic accounting, subject interview, and criminal psychology are subjects that require life long learning, as the science evolves and new information is available.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hey Dashary,

It depends on the concentration that you want to go into. With regard to Criminal Justice, it usually will take 2-3 years to complete your education. You can usually enter your career in the field depending on the specialty. Law Enforcement, Border Patrol, Probation careers usually begin after high school. Many people go to college to obtain a degree for a higher starting pay.

Hope that helps.
Thank you comment icon Thankyou so much for this information! Dashary
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