Criminology Careers Still on the Rise

Despite what you may have heard (or not have heard spoken) crime is not as down, as many politicians make it appear to be.  As Americans, we have literally “swept it under the rug” and no longer debate the rising criminal problems in our nation, many of which have resulted in prison wars, overcrowded prisons, and have even helped lead to drug violence across the border.  As a result of all of this, it is obvious that there is no shortage of criminology jobs on the market, despite what many political commentators maintain.  One of the most prevalent notices that we have stopped talking about crime is that the national government hardly recognizes it – only local and state governments seem to care about any rising numbers of crime, presumably because they are faced with it on a day-to-day basis.  However, the problem of rising crime remains an issue largely untackled and left to local governments to fix, causing a need for criminologists to understand the methodology and background of crime.

The nation stopped talking about crime as rates when drastically down throughout the 90s, up until 2004.  At this point, urban crime was at one of its lowest levels and the nation thought it had cracked down on crime to a good enough extent.  However, criminals began to venture out into the streets again, especially after the economic downturn, as they had little to lose economically.  National disasters like Hurricane Katrina also spiked an increase in crime rates throughout the South, as more disenfranchised citizens had nothing left to do than to steal for a living.  Major cities throughout the United States are on constant alert for criminal and gang-related activity, even cities that are not the common urban areas we think of when we hear about crimes.  The mayor of an Arkansas town initiated a 10-block 24-hour curfew in one extreme example because he described this section as “under siege by repeated gunfire, drug dealing, loitering, and general mayhem.”  This is in Arkansas, a state many of us presume to be as hunky-dory as the Duggar family on TLC maintains it to be.

If anything, this is a clear example that crime is on the rise in cities that do not make the national spotlight.  Despite the fact that national news networks are on the constant prowl for a newsworthy, sensational story, they have largely shied away from any constant worry of crime.  Major cities have it the worst, as cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston all experience several murders a week, if not a day.  This has yet to be firmly addressed by our nation as a whole, and until it is, criminologists have their work cut out for them.  Getting to the root of the problem is no easy task, but with decades of background work, criminologists are able to see recurring trends in major cities and can many times determine what has caused the recent spike in crime.  Until the nation takes notice, criminologists will continue working on preventing local crime throughout the inner-workings of the nation.