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Criminology and Criminalistics - General

An eye for detail and a mind and heart for justice are characteristics of professionals in the criminology and criminalistics fields. Criminology and criminalistics study leads to careers working in and around law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Inside Criminology and Criminalistics

Criminology is a study within the field of sociology that deals with the causes and prevention of crime and the criminal justice system. Criminalistics deals with the science involved in solving law enforcement questions, such as the collection of DNA evidence. The criminalist usually works in a forensic science lab, most commonly for the federal or state government, in alliance with the police. The criminologist, however, deals in the social science of crime and prevention.

Obtaining a degree in the field of criminology or criminalistics will generally lead to a career in law enforcement. Jobs in these fields include homicide investigator, arson investigator or crime scene investigator. A criminalist might find himself working in the lab for one of many federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or perhaps in a university or private lab. If any of these occupations sound appealing, take a look at the Study.com resources below to further explore education and career options.

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