Professionals in Religion

(NOC 4154)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Professionals in this group conduct religious services, administer the rites of a religious faith or denomination, provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion. They perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples, mosques or other places of worship. They may also work in other institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 35 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Professionals in Religion most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 61% of Professionals in Religion who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $46,142. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.50

Minimum

$19.23

Median

$44.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,862

Minimum

$37,988

Median

$65,937

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Professionals in this group conduct religious services, administer the rites of a religious faith or denomination, provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion. They perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples, mosques or other places of worship. They may also work in other institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

Job duties

Ministers of religion perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct regular religious services.
  • Administer rites of faiths such as marriages and funerals.
  • Pray and promote spirituality by delivering sermons and other talks.
  • Provide spiritual and moral guidance to members of a religious faith.
  • Supervise, plan and administer programs of religious education.
  • May participate in humanitarian endeavors, social services and welfare activities.
  • May share in the administrative and financial operation of a religious community.
  • May provide consultation services to government and other organizations.

Sample job titles

  • chaplain
  • clergyman/woman
  • evangelist
  • imam
  • minister
  • pastor
  • preacher
  • priest
  • rabbi
  • reverend

Skills

To work in this field you should be sensitive, reliable, discreet, and interested in serving the needs of others. Patience, self-discipline, and emotional stability are also important. You must be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. Leadership and organizational skills are necessary. An understanding of human nature and the behavioural sciences is essential for counselling.

Job requirements

  • Educational requirements vary, depending on the religion, and range from the completion of a college or other program in religious studies to a master's of divinity degree.

Other considerations

People in these jobs may work long and irregular hours in administrative, educational, and community service activities. A period of study with a senior minister is usually required. Progression to senior positions included in this group, within a religious order, is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

915

employed in 2016

75.8%

employed full-time

3.3%

self employed

29.1%
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70.9%
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58

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.9%

Halifax

19.9%

Southern

17.5%

Annapolis Valley

15.5%

Northern

10.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

92.9%

Other Services

3.3%

Public Administration

2.2%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.6%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

27.3%

55-64

22.7%

65+

22.7%

45-54

16.7%

35-44

10.0%

25-34

1.3%

15-24

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

45.1%

Doctorate

N/A
24.1%

Bachelor's degree

$45,856 median annual income
12.8%

College certificate or diploma

$36,874 median annual income
6.2%

High school

$33,400 median annual income
5.6%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

N/A

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Christian studies

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the philosophy and teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles, and the subsequent intellectual and cultural movements and institutions based on Christianity. These programs include courses in Christian sacred scripture, Christian literature and philosophy, and studies of one or more of the main branches of the faith and their cultural context including Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Evangelicalism, and others.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Divinity/ministry (BDiv, MDiv)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for ordination as ministers or priests in any of the Christian religious traditions. These programs include courses in the theology and polity of a particular church, church law, liturgy and ritual, principles of pastoral ministry, homiletics, evangelism, church/parish organization and management, Christian ethics, church history, and related studies.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Atlantic School of Theology

660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3B5

(902) 423-6939

Lay ministry

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares non-ordained individuals to serve as lay pastors, religious educators, youth leaders, and other professional positions open to the laity in local churches and other settings. These programs include courses in bible studies, theology, spirituality, pastoral counselling, foundations of ministry, effective communication, and church leadership.

Institutions providing this program

Atlantic School of Theology

660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3B5

(902) 423-6939

Philosophy

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. These programs include courses in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Religion/religious studies - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. These programs include courses in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behaviour.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Theology/theological studies

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the beliefs and doctrine of a particular religious faith from the intramural point of view of that faith. These programs include courses in systematic theology, historical theology, moral theology, doctrinal studies, dogmatics, apologetics, and applications to specific questions of ecclesiastical polity and religious life.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Atlantic School of Theology

660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3B5

(902) 423-6939

Youth ministry

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares the ordained clergy and other religious professionals to provide spiritual, counselling, and leadership services to children, adolescents, and young adults. These programs include courses in child and adolescent psychology, human growth and development, family studies, communication skills, religious education, youth counselling, small group leadership, planning and organizing youth activities, volunteer supervision, and youth evangelism and worship.

Institutions providing this program

Atlantic School of Theology

660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3B5

(902) 423-6939

Employment requirements & contacts

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Contacts

Canadian Association for Spiritual Care - Atlantic
, NS

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