Career Overview

Members in the clergy organize and lead religious services, instruct people that seek conversion to a particular faith, and provide counseling to groups and individuals regarding their spiritual, personal and emotional needs. Clergy members include ministers, pastors, priests, bishops, imams and rabbis.


A degree in theology or a related field may be required to obtain these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$79,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Math
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

Typically, clergyman are found in various houses of worship, although some may work in hospitals, prisons, or the military. Night and weekend work is often required for these positions.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada