Profession criminologist

Criminologists study conditions pertaining to humans such as the social and psychological aspects that could lead them to commit criminal acts. They observe and analyse different factors ranging from behavioural conditions up to social background and environment of suspects in order to advise organisations on the prevention of crime.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Criminal law

    Th legal rules, constitutions and regulations applicable for the punishement of offenders.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • Anthropology

    The study of development and behaviour of human beings.

  • Criminology

    The study of criminal behaviour, such as its causes and nature, its consequences, and control and prevention methods.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Sociology

    The group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

Skills

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

  • Analyse legal evidence

    Analyse evidence, such as evidence in criminal cases, legal documentation regarding a case, or other documentation that can be regarded as evidence, in order to obtain a clear image of the case and reach resolutions.

  • Apply knowledge of human behaviour

    Practice principles related to group behaviour, trends in society, and influence of societal dynamics.

  • Review criminal acts

    Analyse acts committed by individuals that are considered illegal in order to uncover a pattern of action, motive, and demographics.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Use data processing techniques

    Gather, process and analyse relevant data and information, properly store and update data and represent figures and data using charts and statistical diagrams.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop security concepts examine crime scenes interview people create criminal profiles demography advise on legal decisions write research proposals write scientific papers apply teaching strategies assist police investigations manage database document evidence document interviews present evidence observe human behaviour develop criminology theories monitor security measures legal research

Common job titles

  • Safety research criminologist intern - internship/co-op
  • Criminologist
  • Assistant professor
  • Part-time lecturers - sociology - off-campus
  • Part-time lecturers - criminal justice - off-campus