What can I do with this Major?


  • Education
  • Business
  • Chaplaincy
  • Clerical Ministry
  • Health and Welfare Ministries


  • Local Church Ministries
  • Publishing
  • Radio, Television and Film
  • Social Service

Careers in Education

  • Administration/Staff
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counseling
  • Religious Life Programming
  • Research
  • Teaching

Potential Employers

  • Religious-affiliated elementary and secondary schools
  • Preparatory schools
  • Private, public or religious-affiliated colleges and universities
  • Schools of Theology

Preparation Strategies

  • May require certification/licensure to teach.
  • Ph.D. required for teaching, research, and administration in colleges and universities.
  • Complete Master of Divinity plus additional training for campus ministry.
  • Requires a Master of Divinity and Ph.D., or Ph.D. in area of specialization.

Careers in Business

Potential Employers

  • Denominational hospitals, homes, schools, boards and agencies.
  • Churches
  • Religious publishers
  • Religious-affiliated schools
  • Religious bookstores
  • Seminaries

Preparation Strategies

  • Double major or minor in business.
  • Obtain related experience through internships.
  • Develop research / writing skills for research and development position.

Careers in Chaplaincy

  • Hospital
  • Institutional
  • Military

Potential Employers

  • All branches of military service.
  • Correctional institutions.
  • Homes for children, youth, and senior citizens.
  • Hospitals, police and fire departments.

Preparation Strategies

  • Obtain ordination in your denomination.
  • Intensive Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training for hospitals.
  • Two years of service in a local church, acceptance into a branch of service, and military chaplaincy school.

Careers in Clerical Ministry

  • Potential Employers
  • Denominational boards and agencies
  • Churches
  • Religious organizations

Preparation Strategies

  • Clergy positions require denominational ordination and usually a Master of Divinity degree.
  • Develop leadership ability and self-discipline.
  • Learn and cultivate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Practice high moral and ethical standards.

Careers in Health and Welfare Ministries

  • Administration
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counseling
  • Religious Activities Programming
  • Residential Life
  • Social Services

Potential Employers

  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Children/youth homes
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Retirement homes

Preparation Strategies

  • Double major or minor in business, social work, human services or special interest area.
  • Take courses related to special populations (children, youth, aging).
  • Volunteer for related organizations.
  • Obtain advanced degrees for counseling and chaplaincy.

Careers in Local Church Ministries

  • Adult Ministries
  • Counseling
  • Adult and Children Day Care
  • Journalism
  • Leisure Ministries
  • Missionary Outreach
  • Music
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Radio, Television, and Films
  • Religious Education
  • Youth Ministries

Potential Employers

  • Denominational boards
  • Churches
  • Religious organizations

Preparation Strategies

  • Get additional training or double major in specialized areas.
  • Obtain certification for specialized areas.
  • Obtain master’s degree in divinity or counseling.
  • Get experience in communications areas and develop a portfolio.
  • Double major in music; take additional courses in church music.

Careers in Publishing

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Commercial Art
  • Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Writing

Potential Employers

  • Denominational book and magazine publishers
  • Secular publishing houses
  • Denominational area and regional offices

Preparation Strategies

  • Take courses to develop excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Learn desktop publishing techniques.
  • Learn Internet publishing techniques.
  • Develop artistic talent
  • Take courses or double major in graphic design/illustration for commercial art.

Careers in Radio, Television and Film

Potential Employers

  • Denominational boards and agencies
  • Churches
  • Secular radio, television, and film industry

Preparation Strategies

  • Obtain related work experience.
  • Obtain specialized technical training, double major or minor in broadcasting/communications.

Careers in Social Service

  • Administration
  • Advocacy
  • Camp Administration
  • Counseling
  • Industrial
  • Programming
  • Public Relations
  • Retail Services
  • Vocational Training

Potential Employers

  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Correctional institutions
  • National and local nonprofit organizations, including United Way, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, sheltered industries, etc.
  • Shelters
  • Nursing Homes
  • Youth organizations and camps (including YMCA, YWCA, Young Life, etc.)

Preparation Strategies

  • Volunteer with local organizations for experience.
  • May need specialized training certification for some areas.
  • Learn and cultivate excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.




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