Finding a Job in Criminology

Jobs in criminology, like nearly all other occupations, have become harder to obtain in the past few years after the onset of the economic crisis that followed the artificial housing boom. Governments at all levels are reeling from lowered tax revenue combined with increasing entitlement spending. They've had to cut back hiring in all areas, and most (but not all) criminology jobs are found in some agency of government, either local, state, or federal. In the past few years, they simply haven't had the funds to hire many people for criminology. That's the bad news.

The good news is that criminology professionals aren't really optional. Unlike many jobs that constantly go through peaks and valleys depending on the economic situation, there's not much room for give-and-take when it comes to fighting crime. Cutbacks and austerity simply can't last forever when it comes to criminology because crime and criminals don't fade away when the economy goes south. In fact, crime rates usually go up.

The problem is made worse when, due to layoffs and hiring freezes, there aren't enough police officers, child welfare counselors, social workers, forensic scientists, and other professionals to deal with the high crime levels. Eventually, the public demands that something be done, and governments do whatever it takes to come up with the money to hire more people.

In fact, the pendulum has already started to swing in that direction, and things are starting to look up for criminology careers. For the next several years, criminology will be one of the careers where it's easier to find a job compared to lawyers, bankers, and just about any other occupation you can name. Of course, it takes work to actually land a job, and we've provided several articles on our site to show you what you'll need in order to maximize your chances of getting hired.

Last Updated: 06/03/2014


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