Already know what you're looking for?
Home  »  Careers  »  Criminologist  »  Learn More

Criminologist » Learn More

Criminologists may do some or all of the following, depending on their area of expertise

  • give information about the causes of crime and types of crimes committed
  • study how crime affects victims and society
  • examine the work of the police, courts and prisons
  • carry out research, surveys, interviews and statistical analyses
  • write reports or give presentations on findings
  • study punishment systems, and sentencing policy and practice
  • work with offenders in prisons
  • teach.

Criminologists need to have knowledge of

  • criminal law and the justice system
  • social and cultural issues, such as Māori justice issues
  • human behaviour, such as how people interact with their surroundings
  • research and interviewing methods, such as qualitative, quantitative and evaluative research methods
  • changing trends in areas such as crime and punishment, treatment of victims, family violence and youth justice.

Criminologists also need to have

  • strong analytical skills
  • report-writing skills
  • presentation and teaching skills.

Criminologists need to be

  • inquisitive and open-minded
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • tactful, and able to keep information private
  • able to make good judgements if they are involved in practical research
  • aware and understanding when dealing with people from a range of different backgrounds.