Professional occupations in religion (NOC 4154)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 17.52$
Maximum 30.12$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
2,000
Skill level
Professional (usually a university degree)

Nature of work

Ministers of religion conduct religious services, administer the rites of a religious faith or denomination, provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion. Ministers of religion perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship. They may also work in other institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

Main duties

  • Ministers of religion perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Conduct regular religious services
  • - Administer rites of faiths such as marriages and funerals
  • - Pray and promote spirituality by delivering sermons and other talks
  • - Continued…
  • - Provide spiritual and moral guidance to members of a religious faith
  • - Supervise, plan and administer programs of religious education
  • - May participate in humanitarian endeavours, social services and welfare activities
  • - May share in the administrative and financial operation of a religious community
  • - May provide consultation services to government and other organizations.

Employment requirements

  • * Educational requirements vary, depending on the religion, and range from the completion of a college or other program in religious studies to a master's of divinity degree.
  • * A period of study with a senior minister is usually required.

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