How to Become a Criminologist

Criminologist Job Description

Criminologists assist law enforcement authorities in the assessment of potential criminals by using biological, social and psychological data to identify and analyze criminal patterns.


Criminologist Job Duties

• Study psychological and social factors to determine why criminals commit crimes

• Research data related to crimes and arrests

• Review criminal acts in order to identify patterns of actions, demographics and motivation

• Determine whether or not biological factors were relevant in the development of a criminal

• Prepare reports regarding the findings of case research

• Hold reports on file and refer to them when similar crimes are committed


Scholarships for Becoming a Criminologist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Criminologist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!


Becoming a Criminologist: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Criminologist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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