careers.novascotia.ca

Professionals in Religion

print
NOC:4154
Occupation:Professionals in Religion
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. 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 (yet overall job prospects are still considered good due to other factors). 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 are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 65% of Professionals in Religion who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $42,914. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Professionals in Religion1,150Decline128Low
Minimum: $10.00
Median: $20.00
Maximum: $30.53
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $37,586
Maximum: $63,040
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services58,400Stable3,029Low
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $24.73
Maximum: $42.86
Minimum: $7,075
Median: $44,152
Maximum: $83,487
Professionals in ReligionCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time83%80%
Percent self-employed0%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentProfessionals in ReligionCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region14%$33,31512%$30,581
Northern Region23%$29,09916%$33,660
Cape Breton12%$29,23512%$32,974
Halifax37%$43,01848%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%$35,16513%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Other Services91%
Health Care and Social Assistance4%
Other Industries3%
Public Administration2%
What are the workers like?
AgeProfessionals in ReligionCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3410%12%
35-4414%45%
45-5425%28%
55-6433%9%
65+19%x
Median Age5542
GenderProfessionals in ReligionCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female34%65%
Male66%35%
EducationProfessionals in ReligionCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx3.8%$11,346
High school1.7%$11,99613.1%$25,801
Trades certificatexx6.3%$35,678
College certificate or diploma12.9%$29,03318.2%$28,183
University certificate or diploma6.5%$52,0434.8%$35,967
Bachelor's degree21.1%$28,25727.5%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma7.8%$33,4346.7%$47,801
Master's degree47.0%$38,14515.5%$35,978
Doctorate1.3%$40,0214.0%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care - Atlantic
, NS
morrisons@cbdha.nshealth.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Christian studies
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Program Name:Divinity/ministry (BDiv, MDiv)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
(902) 423-6939
svandermade@astheology.ns.ca
Program Name:Lay ministry
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
(902) 423-6939
svandermade@astheology.ns.ca
Program Name:Philosophy
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Religion/religious studies - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Theology/theological studies
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
(902) 423-6939
svandermade@astheology.ns.ca
Program Name:Youth ministry
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
See all institutions providing this program+
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
(902) 423-6939
svandermade@astheology.ns.ca
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.