Clergy

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Bishop, Catholic Priest, Children's Minister, Children's Pastor, College Chaplain, Confessor, Congregational Care Pastor, Evangelist, Minister, Missionary Coordinator, Parish Priest, Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, Rector, Reverend, Worship Pastor, Youth Minister

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Clergy in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Clergy is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 9.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #21 in job growth rate
  • 170

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Clergy:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (15.8%)
  • Master's degree (34.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (25.8%)
  • Associate's degree (4.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (10.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Lead classes or community events.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues.
  • Develop promotional strategies for religious organizations.
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.
  • Interpret cultural or religious information for others.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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