If you live in the state of Alabama and are interested in entering into the field of criminology, then you will be happy to know that there are lots of opportunities for qualified professionals in the state. Alabama criminologists work as teachers, researchers, policy makers, and much, much more.

A criminology background can, in fact, catapult you into just about any career that you are interested in. Therefore, it’s an excellent field to enter into, no matter what your exact career aspirations may be. As long as they have something to do with the criminal justice field or with teaching or studying criminals and why they commit the crimes they commit, then you’ll be on the right track.

As with most prestigious careers, working as a criminologist in the state will require you to have some formal educational training. The schooling that criminologists have had runs the gamut from quick and easy associate’s degrees to full on bachelors, master’s, or even doctoral degrees.

The degree that you will need to have will depend upon what your exact career goals are and on your past academic history. Talking to others who do the kind of work you would like to do in the field and evaluating where you are now and where you would like to be will help you to ultimately make the best decision about the schooling that you need to pursue.

Fortunately, no matter what educational level you aspire to, Alabama has no shortage of great schools that can give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.  Popular options for Alabama residents aspiring to a career in criminology include Alabama State University, located in Montgomery, which offers bachelor’s degree programs in corrections, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and law enforcement;  Amridge University, also in Montgomery, which has online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and homeland security.

Athens State University, in Athens, with a bachelor’s degree program in justice studies; Auburn University at Montgomery, which has online bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice and justice and public safety; Bevill State Community College, in Sumiton, with an associate’s degree programs in pre-criminal justice;  Calhoun Community College, in Tanner, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice;  Chattahoochee Valley Community College, in Phenix City, with an associate’s degree program and also a certificate program in homeland security, as well as certificates in criminal justice and homeland security.

Enterprise State Community College, located in Enterprise, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a certificate in the same; Faulkner State Community College, in Bay Minette, which offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Faulkner University, in Montgomery, with associate’s degree programs in both criminal justice and criminalistics, as well as both a bachelor’s degree program and a master’s degree program in criminal justice. These, of course, just represent a few of the many fine schools that Alabama residents have to choose from. Also, in today’s time, online schools represent another option.