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Religious Ministries

Industry Outlook

Prospects are generally favorable for those interested in the ministries of the major religions of the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment growth for clergy overall will grow by 6 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations, through 2028. Those who feel called to ministry may not always find positions in their preferred locations or circumstances, but their religion will almost always find a position for them somewhere. Jobs in the religious ministries are not generally highly sought after. The hours are long, working conditions can be poor, the pay is low, and the emotional toll is high. People who seek religious careers do so because of strong belief and conviction to serve in their faith.

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