Clergy

Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Median Annual Wage: $43,950

Education: Master's degree (67%); Bachelor's degree (24%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (8%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Pastor; Confessor; Minister; Catholic Priest; Priest; Rector; Children's Minister; Congregational Care Pastor; Missionary Coordinator; Rabbi

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clergy.

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  • Read from sacred texts such as the Bible, Torah, or Koran.
  • Prepare and deliver sermons or other talks.
  • Organize and lead regular religious services.
  • Plan or lead religious education programs.
  • Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith.
  • Counsel individuals or groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, or personal needs.
  • Administer religious rites or ordinances.
  • Devise ways in which congregational membership can be expanded.
  • Visit people in homes, hospitals, or prisons to provide them with comfort and support.
  • Conduct special ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, or confirmations.
  • Study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, or traditions.
  • Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups.
  • Respond to requests for assistance during emergencies or crises.
  • Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.
  • Prepare people for participation in religious ceremonies.
  • Collaborate with committees or individuals to address financial or administrative issues pertaining to congregations.
  • Refer people to community support services, psychologists, or doctors.
  • Participate in fundraising activities to support congregational activities or facilities.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services or repairs, or supervising the work of staff members or volunteers.
  • Organize or engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to religious programs.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clergy.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clergy.

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