Careers in Criminology

You will examine the relationship between criminal behaviour and broader social issues, such as mental health, ethnicity, educational attainment, family composition or substance abuse.

You could work within the criminal justice system, including law courts, police services, prisons, and community-based correction centres. You could also work with the social workers, councils and community groups on crime prevention strategies. If you are interested in employment in policy, advisory or consultancy roles will likely need postgraduate qualifications to enhance your research skills.

As crime has also become an international concern with the growth of organised networks, global digital technology, and the threat of terrorism, you have a multitude of avenues for specialisation.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

Graduates of Criminology need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong analytical and investigative skills
  • An understanding of research methods in criminology
  • Excellent communications skills including presentation skills
  • An ability to evaluate all aspects of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Teamwork - working collaboratively on complex issues

Related roles include:

  • Community safety officer
  • Case manager
  • Policy analyst or adviser
  • Crime or intelligence analyst
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about salaries and job outcomes for criminology graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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