Career Alternatives: Academia, Government and Research Organizations (Sponsored by the Division on Corrections and Sentencing)

Kevin Strom, Research Triangle Institute
Geoffrey Alpert, University of South Carolina

ABSTRACT
Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a variety of career choices. The academic path is most common, providing, if not a comfortable extension of, at least a familiar continuation from student days. Government service provides an opportunity, at least in principle, to affect policy and to conduct meaningful research. Research firms that conduct grant and contract research and evaluation can provide wonderful opportunities to conduct large-scale projects and smaller projects that reflect individual interests. Downsides exist as well--the chase for tenure in academia and dwindling. This panel, which includes individuals who have worked in two or more these arenas, will discuss the pros and cons of different acareer options.

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Updated 05/20/2006