Far too many Iowa residents who have an interest in criminology talk themselves out of pursuing their dreams, because they believe the schooling and/or training necessary will be too difficult, too expensive, or too time consuming.

The truth of the matter is, however, that absolutely anyone who is willing to work hard can find success in the criminology field. Furthermore, you can receive a degree in criminology without spending a ton of money and while balancing the demands of work, a family, or other obligations.

While the schooling does require hard work, it is nothing that you can’t handle if you put your mind to it and fully commit!

As mentioned above, a lot of people don’t follow their dreams because of the high cost of schooling. However, not all schooling is as expensive as what most people have been led to believe. Community colleges, for example, are actually quite affordable, far moreso than traditional colleges and universities.

The same is true for technical schools, and scholarships, loans, grants, and other funding is often available for both of these academic ventures. Also, in today’s day and age, online schooling is becoming more and more common, and it is also much cheaper than traditional schooling.

Even if sacrifices do have to be made, it is well worth it due to the fact that most educations in the field will pay for themselves after just a few years of employment.

Your degree doesn’t have to take forever to earn either! An associate’s degree, which is the lowest level degree in the field, can usually be earned in as little as two years in most cases. Bachelor’s degrees, the next level up, are generally earned in around four years.

Even master’s degrees, with a relevant undergraduate degree, can sometimes be earned in as little as one to three years. PhD programs are time consuming, but usually only come after you have been working in the field for many years.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to pursue your degree, remember that you can do it at your own pace. If you need to, you can take no more than one to two classes at a time.

Don’t forget, either, that with most colleges and universities, you can take those classes in the evening if that works best with your schedule.

What all of this boils down to is that an education in criminology is possible, no matter what your age, your academic background, or you situation in life. If you have a dream of working in criminology, you should most certainly go after it, doing whatever it takes to make that dream come true and to turn those career goals into reality.

If you can succeed, you will be met with a very rewarding, very lucrative career in the field and, perhaps most importantly, a real sense of accomplishment and a strong belief in yourself and what you do,