Psychology and its role in a criminology career

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Understanding what makes people tick is a critical element in the work of a criminologist, so if you’re curious about human behaviour, a career in criminology could be for you.

What psychology and criminology have in common

There is a natural affinity between psychology and criminology because both require a deep understanding of why people do the things they do. Where psychology focuses on the human mind and how humans behave, criminology uses that information to look at the wider implications of criminal behaviour on society and the complex issues behind it.

What criminologists do and why we need them

Criminologists essentially use their understanding of human behaviour to reduce criminal behaviour. They look at patterns and trends, interpreting data to predict and prevent issues of criminality, relying on a strong understanding of psychological theories in their work. Crime is one of the major problems facing society today so the work of a criminologist is very important. Understanding intent and cause is also critical to fair sentencing of people who have committed a crime.

Careers for people interested in psychology and criminology

 People who have studied psychology and criminology can work across a number of settings including health and social care, criminal justice, corrections and law.

Some typical criminology jobs include:

  • Forensic psychologist
  • Criminal profiler
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime analyst
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Investigator

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