Criminology and Criminal Justice

In your Criminology/ Criminal Justice degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

Popular career options

Many criminology/ criminal justice graduates are interested in careers concerned with the prevention of crime, including work with offenders and potential offenders, careers in social inclusion, and law enforcement roles.

You could work for:

Roles in these organisations are extremely varied and can include:

Law enforcement
Police officers, customs officers, health and safety officers
Offender management
Prison officers, probation officers
Formulating laws/ policies
Government social researchers, Law Commission research assistants
Legal administration
Court administration workers, legal secretaries
Social welfare
Social workers, advice workers
Community renewal
Community development officers

Other options

The transferable skills you have developed through your degree make you employable for a range of careers outside of Criminal Justice. Criminology/ Criminal Justice graduates can therefore be found in a range of other industries and roles including administration, education, law, social welfare, management and finance.

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What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that Criminology/ Criminal Justice graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • Support Worker for a mental health charity
  • Administrator at a university
  • Support Worker in a nursing home
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Custody Office Assistant for the police
  • Prison Officer
  • Operations Manager for a pet food provider
  • Marketing Coordinator for a food company
  • Mortgage Processor for a bank
  • Ranger at a zoo
  • Youth Offending Support Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Volunteer for the Probation Service
  • Sales Assistant

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.


Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.  

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As a graduate in Criminology/ Criminal Justice it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

Understand the complexity of social situations Generate and evaluate evidence
Think analytically, logically and critically Make ethical judgements

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

More detail about the skills you have gained is available via:

Further help with career choices

Check our career planning pages for quizzes and useful links to help you generate career options and identify your skills, interests, values and motivations.