Criminology - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Criminology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of the causes of crime and criminal behaviours and how society reacts to crime
  • The ability to gather and assess information related to the prediction and management of criminal and deviant behaviours
  • Awareness of human and social behaviour and the application of this information for policy development
  • Knowledge of public policy and an ability to interpret and assess the impact of policy on society
  • Skills to assess the effectiveness of various methods of law enforcement and behaviour management to the management, prevention and reduction of crime and criminal behaviour
  • Knowledge of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles and an ability to provide information to assist individuals and organizations in making informed decisions
  • An understanding how economic, cultural and societal change impacts the behaviour of people
  • Techniques to study and investigate criminal activities and identify methods of prevention and justice

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Addictions Counsellor
Airport Security
Animal Cruelty Investigator
Arson Investigator
Behaviour Profiler
Child Protection Worker
Claims Examiner/Adjudicator
Coast Guard
Community Outreach Worker
Community Relations Officer
Community Researcher
Consumer Affairs Investigator
Corporate Security
Corrections Officer
Court Clerk/Officer
Court Reporter
Credit Investigator
Crime Reporter
Crime Scene/Forensic Analyst
Criminology Assistant
Customs Officer
Facilities Manager
Gaming Enforcement
Housing Officer
Human Resources Recruiter
Immigration Officer
Insurance/Fraud Investigator
International Aid Worker
Loss Prevention Specialist
Park Ranger
Parole/Probation Officer
Police Officer
Policy Analyst/Advisor
Polygraph Technician
Pre-trial Services Officer
Private Investigator
Program Co-ordinator
Public Administrator
Public Safety Educator
Recovery Expert
Security Management
Social Worker
Victims Advocate
Youth Worker

Potential Employers

Canada Border Services
Correctional Facilities
Insurance Companies
International Aid Organizations
Police Force/RCMP
Private Corporations
Social Service Agencies

Additional Study

Public Administration
Public Policy
Security Administration
Social Work


Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies  -
Canadian Council on International Law -
Canadian Criminal Justice Association -
Department of Justice Canada -
Charity Village – non-profit organizations -
Correctional Service Canada -
The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators -
John Howard Society -
Ministry of Community Safety Correctional Services -
Ministry of the Attorney General -
Public Safety Canada -
Ontario Law School Application Service -
St. Leonard’s Community Services -

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.


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