The difference between a deviant act and a deviant career is different in many ways. For one to start off by talking about a deviant career. A deviant career has phases that the people involved in it go through. The fist of those phases is entering the deviant career the second is being deviant and the third is exiting the deviant career. People involved in a deviant career also goes through 'career cycles- entree, upward mobility, peaks, aging, burn out, and getting out'.

Also 'Patterns for deviant careers are more flexible and varied'. As for deviant acts there are different types of deviant acts. These acts consist of individual deviant acts, cooperative acts, and then there is a conflict that may occur. The entering a deviant career consist of a person becoming more acquainted with a deviant act usually changes the company that they keep. Changing the company could be any thing from making new friends or hanging out at different places. People often either shift into a deviant career by them selves or with other people.

The type of deviant act is different from that of a career. The first type is called individual act. Individual acts are usually done by ones self with out the help of other people. One person usually does the act itself. Individual acts can also be self induced, thing like a person' taking their own life alcoholism' and a person with a compulsive gambling disorder. There is also what the book describes as a 'Non-behavioral form of individual deviance which may include obesity, being a part of a minority group, a physically handicapped person and by having a deviant belief system'.

The second of the differences is the second stage in having a deviant career is called 'being deviant' in this stage of ones deviant career on must begin to 'manage their deviance, their relationships within their deviant community, and their safety from agents of social control such as police, etc.' . They must also yet and still 'evolve a personal style for their deviance'. In being deviant as a career one must also be able to 'balance their deviance with the non deviant aspects of their lives, such as their relationship with family members, people in the community and those on whom the rely on to meet their legitimate needs'. The second type of deviant act is called 'cooperative acts' these acts 'usually involve a transfer of illicit goods such as pornography, fire arms and or drugs'.

Sometimes they do not always receive money in exchange for their services. As the saying goes ' You scratch my back and I will scratch yours'. An example of cooperative acts of deviance that do not have the exchange of money would be as described in the article 'Women in Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs'. The benefit of being in these gangs varies from person to person.

The benefits could include any were from close family like relationships, having others fear them and then having others be loyal to them'. In cooperative acts of deviance people 'usually earn a living through this mean of deviance. The last stage in a deviant career is 'exiting deviance' this particular stage is sometimes very difficult. Once people decide to get out of their deviant career they are often met with many obstacles. Obstacles such as they 'have difficulty putting together a resume that accounts for their gap in legitimate employment and finding someone who will hire them'. They also have problems when it comes to getting used the lifestyle that is not the same as when they were being deviant.

These changes in life style may include not being able to have as much of a flexible-spending budget as before. This alone often is the reason why people tend to go right back into the career that they initially were trying to get out of. The last difference between deviant act verses deviants career is the last type of deviant act and that is the 'conflict' aspect of the act. By conflict I mean that in some cases when two or more people begin a deviant act together and then it ends up were one person may want to back out of a deal. Another example would be that in some cases when 'one person is forced into committing a deviant act' because of several reasons. One reason could be that one or more of the party was 'tricked or physically forced onto committing a deviant act'.

An example of a person being forced into committing a deviant act would be 'kidnapping, or even blackmail.