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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Youth Pastor
  • Worship Leader
  • Vicar
  • Student Ministry Pastor
  • Rector
  • Rabbi
  • Priest
  • Presbyterian Clergy
  • Prefect
  • Preacher
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What They Do

  • Organize or engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to religious programs.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services or repairs, or supervising the work of staff members or volunteers.
  • Participate in fundraising activities to support congregational activities or facilities.
  • Refer people to community support services, psychologists, or doctors.
  • Collaborate with committees or individuals to address financial or administrative issues pertaining to congregations.
  • Prepare people for participation in religious ceremonies.
  • Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.
  • Respond to requests for assistance during emergencies or crises.
  • Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups.
  • Conduct special ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, or confirmations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SAE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $47,060 with most people making between $20,410 and $75,190

Outlook

0.07%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 15,530 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 15,640 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 11 openings due to growth and about 339 replacement openings for approximately 350 total annual openings.



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