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If you're considering a career in Australia's criminal justice system, you're in for a rewarding and intriguing role.

Crime statistics in Australia are rising, making the work in this sector valuable to all citizens, whether directly or indirectly.

If you're aiming for a law enforcement job or any legal role, you'll need the right experience. In this article, we explore the advantages of taking an online criminology course over traditional study options.

Different Types of Criminology Roles

The topics of criminology and criminal justice cover a wide array of fields, meaning that there is also a range of different career paths that can be followed. 

With the right training, the professional avenues are vast, including: 

  • Criminological research/Criminologist 
  • Police officers & other crime prevention roles
  • Social sciences & social work
  • Criminal behaviour research
  • Forensic psychology
  • Probation officer
  • Forensic science
  • Criminal law

To someone not familiar with these areas, they might appear similar, but each has its unique skill sets and differences. However, what remains undeniable is that all of them offer incredibly interesting and meaningful work.

Skills Needed to Become a Criminologist 

To succeed in criminology, you'll need specific skills and traits – known as soft skills (skills you naturally possess) and hard skills (skills you’d like through a criminology course). 

Soft Skills:

  • Understanding and insight, both big-picture and detail-oriented.
  • Emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal communication.
  • Calm temperament to handle challenging situations.
  • Problem-solving abilities for data analysis and pattern recognition.

Hard Skills:

  • Analytical skills for criminology concepts.
  • Data analysis for crime categorisation.
  • Crime scene investigation expertise.
  • Evidence collection and scene processing.
  • Handling various criminal situations.
  • Proficiency in studying criminal behaviour.
  • Expertise in evidence analysis.
  • Application of profiling methodologies.
  • Logical and metacognitive profiling skills.
  • Practical profiling and behavioural analysis.
  • Study of victims' roles in crimes.
  • Understanding basic criminal law principles.

OCA online courses offer an excellent student experience, and you can gain the required work experience through internships in the criminal justice system, making it a popular choice for aspiring criminologists.

The Benefits of an Online Criminology Degree 

In the past, pursuing a career in criminology often meant committing to several years of on-campus study for a bachelor's or law degree, which could be costly and require taking out a student loan. Fortunately, there's an alternative, more accessible path to kickstart your criminology career.

With online criminology courses, you can begin your journey without any specific entry requirements. These courses offer the flexibility to learn at your own pace and provide several advantages:

  • Expertly crafted content by industry professionals.
  • Ongoing mentorship during your online criminology course.
  • The option to study part-time or full-time based on your preferences.
  • Earn CPD points upon successful completion.
  • Engaging video modules to enhance your learning experience.

Not only do online courses open doors in the field of criminal science, but they also allow you to continually update your knowledge. Plus, with OCA's extensive range of courses, including complementary courses like mental health and interpersonal skills, you’ll have all the skills you need to excel as a criminologist. 

Start Your Criminology Career With OCA’s Criminology Course Online

If you're passionate about social justice and considering a career in criminology, an OCA online course is a fantastic option. It's video-based, CPD-endorsed, and open to both domestic and international students in English-speaking countries, giving you the freedom to pursue your ambitions on your terms.

To get a taste of the OCA experience, check out our Student Study Demo, which offers valuable insights. For a comprehensive course library covering over 20 industries, visit us at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au/online-courses/.

If you need assistance or guidance before enrolling in an OCA criminology course online, feel free to call us at 1300 611 404 or email [email protected]. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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