Many graduates of the Faculty of Arts & Science will find challenging and rewarding employment in fields unrelated to their major. Many of the skills acquired at university are transferable in the sense that they are useful in many different situations and they are often the skills which employers seek. Students should regard their studies as an opportunity to develop and refine these skills. People with backgrounds in criminology and sociolegal studies are found working in variety of settings, listed below. The majority of careers will require additional education and experience beyond the undergraduate level.
- Correctional Services: Criminal Investigator; Criminology Assistant; Corrections Officer; Child Welfare Care Worker; Child and Youth Worker; Case Workers; Group Home Workers; Environmental Conservation Officer; Probation and Parole Officer; Social Worker; Rehabilitation Counselor; Warden.
- Law Enforcement: Drug Enforcement Agent; RCMP Constable; Juvenile Court Worker; Police Officer.
- Courts: Bailiff; Court Clerk; Judge; Criminal Lawyer; Legal Researcher; Paralegal; Victims Advocate.
- Other: Research Assistant; Foreign Service Officer; Public Policy Analyst; Paralegal Assistant; Journalist; Professor; Marketing Specialist.
Who employs Criminology graduates?
Court Systems; Juvenile Court ; RCMP & Police Services; Prisons, Court houses; Educational Institutions; Social Service Agencies ; Non-Profit Organizations; Government; Private Sector.
Examples of government departments and agencies include:
Correctional Service Canada; Courts Administration Service; Department of Justice Canada; Health Canada; Office of the Correctional Investigator; The National Parole Board.
How to get experience
Start early by seeking relevant summer, part-time and volunteer opportunities that will help you gain experience and develop the skills that employers want. To access the summer, part-time, temporary and volunteer postings, register with the Career Centre Online. Among its many services the Career Centre maintains a Career Resource Library, operates the Graduating Students Employment Service and organizes the volunteer Extern Program which offers students a chance to explore a career in the actual workplace.
Consider joining a professional association. Each industry has affiliated associations. There are many benefits of becoming a member of an association, such as stating your affiliation on your resume. In addition to your experiences and the completion of your university degree, a student membership in an association is one way to get an edge in the job market. It also furthers your knowledge of a particular field.
Use the following services provided by the Career Centre:
- Career information guides
- Work search and employment information
- Online booking of workshops and events
- Access to current job postings
- Podcasts and other e-resources