What is 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.



Typical 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!


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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