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Criminal Psychology is a popular specialization for those seeking an accredited psychology degree, and remains a viable career alternative for those who enjoy working with a challenging population and environment. Criminal psychologists may work in a variety of settings ranging from correctional facilities to private practice. In some cases, the psychologist may work directly with violent felons with an associated risk of personal injury. Criminal Psychologists may further specialize by concentrating on areas such as Clinical-Forensic Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology or Criminal Investigative Psychology.
The term “forensic” is also commonly encountered when discussing criminal psychology. Employment in this field is projected to remain steady through 2014. A doctorate degree is required to become licensed or open a private practice so it can take up to ten years to complete your education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income is approximately $54,000.
If you are contemplating a criminal psychology degree review a complete plan of study through the graduate level so you know what to expect. Use your undergraduate internship to volunteer in prospective agencies where you can see a criminal psychologist at work. It's a very rewarding career for those with the specialized skill set, education and personal traits to make it work but it's also a very challenging career. By exploring the day-to-day realities and future course requirements you will be better positioned to know for sure if this is the right specialization for you!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|