Adam Quirk | What Work To Do with Criminology?
Criminology is one of those degrees that few people understand. Usually, people think of law enforcement when they encounter criminology graduates, but there are other fields of work that criminology students qualify for. Adam Quirk, an FBI and DEA former employee, says that it’s up to students to make the most out of their studies in criminology. If they choose to, they can go on to become lawyers, psychologists, and even business analysts. What’s important are the skills they develop during college and their attitude towards work.
As mentioned, criminology graduates aren’t limited to a career in law enforcement after they graduate. Having been in the industry for so long, Adam Quirk has a good idea of the opportunities out there that await criminology graduates. Here are just some of the fields they can apply for work:
1. Social services – If there’s crime and chaos in the world, there’s always going to be demand for social workers. In this field, Adam Quirk says criminology graduates can take on a variety of roles. They may be responsible for preventing crime, by working with data and gathering research to help shape policies. They may also provide services to the families of victims of crime. They may work in corrections facilities as well, working on convicts to help rehabilitate them.
2. Fraud investigation – For criminology graduates who would like to work in an office setting, they may find work in fraud investigation. In this field, they’ll be tasked to handle cases of lost or stolen money, or investigate non-existent accounts. They will interview suspects and employees, and obtain evidence to prove or disprove allegations of fraud. Criminology graduates who would like to get into this line of work may seek employment in private companies.
3. Private investigator – When working for a big federal agency isn’t in the cards, criminology graduates can work as private investigators. It’s a service that’s growing in demand, says Adam Quirk. Since the FBI doesn’t handle cases that are personal in nature, private investigators should be able to find a steady stream of clients once they’ve built up their network. Private investigators gather data, perform surveillance, and solve cases for their clients.
4. Paralegal assistant – Criminology graduates are well trained in research. As such, they can work as paralegal assistants, helping lawyers build up cases for their clients. Like the work of a private investigator, a paralegal assistant with a criminology background can help in gathering data and performing surveillance. They can assist with doing the ground work for their employers.
5. Teacher – Finally, for criminology students who would like to teach, they can fully do so if they obtain the necessary licenses and credentials. They can become professors or instructors of criminology subjects, teaching in a college setting. If they are so inclined, they can teach other subjects as well, although this may require them to take up more training and education.
These are just some of the fields Adam Quirk FBI sees suitable for criminology graduates. There are other careers, like police officers and forensic technicians, to name a few.