Criminology & Justice

Criminology is about criminal behaviour, including the incidence, causes and effects of crime.

Studying in this area includes learning about the psychology of people who commit crimes and also the social and cultural causes.

Criminology is also about law enforcement and the criminal justice system and other government responses to crime.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Criminologist
  • Police officer
  • Police detective
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Social policy analyst
  • Social justice campaigner
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Judge
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

141% of national
median earnings


Employment

68%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
20%
Further study
9%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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