Vermont is a northeastern state known for dairy cows and maple syrup. According to the 2010 census, Vermont ranked 49th in population (625,741) among states, and there were twenty U.S. cities with a larger population than Vermont. Vermont’s largest city is Burlington, with a population of 42,417 and a metropolitan area population of 211,261. A 2008 article in the Burlington Free Press quoted an economist as saying that Vermont had “a really stagnant economy, which is what we are forecasting for the next thirty years.” Vermont offers limited opportunities for students and practitioners of forensic psychology.
The science of forensic psychology is sometimes referred to as the marriage of psychology and the legal system. A forensic psychologist not only has to master a particular branch of psychology, but must also learn to apply that expertise in a specific area within the justice system.
Types of Specialties
You have numerous specialties within the field of forensic psychology to choose from. One example you might consider is working in social service. You could help just-released criminals face life outside the walls, helping to smooth the transition back to becoming a constructive member of society. Another form of social service work is to work for an agency that provides counseling to youths who are at risk of becoming entangled in criminal activity.
Another area you might consider is public policy. Here, you could advise politicians or government agencies on issues relating to criminal law or crime, or you could work as a lobbyist, advocating changes to laws regarding law and crime prevention.
You might also consider becoming a teacher at a law enforcement academy, or a teacher or researcher at a university.
A few of the many other specialties include the counseling and treatment of prisoners, testifying as an expert witness in courtrooms, working in substance abuse clinics, working with law enforcement officials as a criminal profiler, counseling criminal patients in a mental institution, and working with juvenile delinquents.
Related: How to become a Forensic Psychologist.