Clergy Careers

careers for clergyCareer Overview

Clergy often conduct religious worship and other forms for spiritual support for different religious groups and sects. Clergy members can also be referred to as one of the following: pastors, confessors, ministers, catholic priests, priests, rectors, children’s ministers, children’s pastor, college chaplain, or evangelism pastor. Some clergy members also direct and manage religious organizations and facilities or community service areas like soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and others. They may also be responsible for counseling and assisting religious members with personal problems and other issues.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a religious field or other related field of study
Master’s Degree is preferred by some religious groups

Coursework often includes courses in religious areas of study. It can also include courses like counseling, organizational behavior, and even business courses like business management and accounting.

School Recommendations:

American Intercontinental University
Westwood College Online
Keiser University eCampus
Kaplan University
Grand Canyon University Online

Employment Trends

Average Salary for Clergy in 2009: $42,900

Job Availability (employed in May 2008): 670,000
Projected Employment Openings (from 2008 to 2018): 218,000

Related Jobs:

Education Administrators
Counseling Psychologists
Directors of Religious Activities and Education

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  1. Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    There are other clergy in the US besides the ones you have represented here, and many, many do not have to get a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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