What Have Criminologists Done for Us Lately?



The United Kingdom’s official graduate careers website1 sets out jobs ‘directly related’ to graduation in criminology as follows:
  • Community development worker

  • Police officer

  • Prison officer

  • Probation officer

  • Social worker

  • Solicitor

‘Directly related to’ is a weaselly phrase which disguises the fact that nearly all the listed jobs require further professional training and that a criminology degree does not confer an advantage over other degree courses in recruitment into such careers. Only just over half of criminology graduates are in employment six months after graduation, and a third of those employed are in retail, catering and bar work. So your next Whopper and chips from Burger King may be served by a criminology graduate regretting their degree choice. So to paraphrase the old song, ‘Don’t let your daughter study criminology. Mrs Worthington’.


Crime Prevention Crime Type Crime Reduction Situational Crime Prevention Crime Trend 
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