job outlook​​​

Religious studies majors develop a skill set that many employers value:

  • Observational skills

  • Research and analytical skills

  • Integrity/accountability

  • Ability to process all points of view

  • Tolerance of diversity

  • Communication/writing skills

  • Civic minded​

Some go on to graduate studies or professional schools to strengthen their qualifications; others move into work in the private or service sectors in which they may not often discuss religious issues, but where religious concerns and influences always are present.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has a list of occupations that fall within that category. ​

In any profession one important consideration is salary.  The chart below will give you an indication of the earning potential for individuals seeking employment in the field of religion:

Median Salary by Job - Industry: Clergy (United States)Median Salary by Job
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