Criminology Professor

Teach university students about criminology.

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Salary Range
$33,000 – $109,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Criminology Professors do?

Criminology Professors are both Criminologists and College Professors, working simultaneously in two very different fields: law enforcement and academia. If you think classrooms and crime scenes have nothing in common, think again. Aside from fingerprints and chalk outlines, they have Criminology Professors.

As a Criminologist, a Criminology Professor studies crime and criminals. When you’re wearing this hat, you spend your days knee-deep in the psychology and sociology behind crime, compiling statistics and conducting research in order to find out why people commit crimes, as well as what can be done to prevent and rehabilitate criminals.

As a College Professor, you don’t just practice criminology: you also teach it. You therefore perform all the typical duties of a Teacher, including developing curriculums, writing syllabi, delivering lectures, assigning and grading homework assignments, and administering tests.

You also focus on your research. For example, you may create reports or discover new findings that law enforcement agencies can use to catch and recondition criminals. Like Criminologists who work in the field, you may also consult on criminal cases and testify at trials as an expert witness.

In fact, “expert” is the perfect word to describe you. Like any other College Professor, you’re paid to cultivate, develop, and distribute knowledge. It just so happens that you know a lot more about Jeffrey Dahmer than William Shakespeare.

Should I be a Criminology Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Criminology Teacher, Penology Professor

    How to become a Criminology Professor

    Criminology Professors often have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:akgb19&chl=|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29|master%27s+%2840%25%29|doctorate+%2846%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,46
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