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Other Religious Workers

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NOC:4217
Occupation:Other Religious Workers
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes brothers, nuns, monks, religious education workers and others who provide support to ministers of religion or to a religious community and who perform certain functions associated with the practice of a religion. They may work in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples or other places of worship; in institutions, such as schools, hospitals and prisons; or in industrial facilities and corporate enterprises; or they may work in private practice.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Assist at services of public worship and religious rites.
  • Provide religious education, spiritual guidance and moral support to members of a religious community.
  • Administer programs providing food, clothing and shelter.
Sample job titles:
  • Christian science practitioner
  • church worker
  • faith healer
  • gospel worker
  • missionary
  • nun
  • ragi
  • religious education worker
  • Salvation Army worker
  • sister/brother - religion
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:
  • Requirements range from completion of secondary school education to a university undergraduate degree, depending on the particular job and religion.
  • There may be other employment requirements depending on the particular job and religion.
Other considerations:

People in these jobs may work long and irregular hours in administrative, educational, and community service activities.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). 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. Other Religious Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 42% of Other Religious Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $42,930. 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Other Religious Workers160Weak growth20Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $17.00
Maximum: $30.22
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $32,672
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Other Religious WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time74%79%
Percent self-employed0%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Religious WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern8%x12%$30,581
Northern14%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton16%x13%$32,974
Halifax46%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Religious WorkersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-2411%N/A
25-3421%5%
35-44N/A37%
45-5411%29%
55-6458%24%
65+16%5%
Median Age4844
GenderOther Religious WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female49%64%
Male51%36%
EducationOther Religious WorkersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school6.3%$3,6962.8%$11,346
High school12.5%$8,00014.3%$25,801
Trades certificate9.4%$22,7704.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma15.6%$30,87221.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma6.3%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree31.3%$13,58929.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.4%$47,801
Master's degreeN/A$9,45417.2%$35,978
Doctorate18.8%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry6.3%x0.2%$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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
(902) 423-6939
svandermade@astheology.ns.ca
Additional resources:

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