Best Careers for Christians

Jan 19, 2020

Faithful Christians may desire a career that allows them to put their faith to practice and/or share their beliefs with others. Learn about some of the best career options for Christians and the median salaries and education requirements for each.

Best Career Options for Christians

Although Christians are able to work any job that may interest them and match their particular skill set, some careers may allow for Christians to utilize and share their faith more than others. These careers range across several different job fields. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the best career options for Christians.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Clergy $48,990 6%
Registered Nurses $71,730 12%
Elementary School Teachers $58,230 3%
Marriage and Family Therapists $50,090 22%
Social and Community Service Managers $65,320 13%
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $71,890 10%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for the Best Careers for Christians

Clergy

An obvious career choice for a Christian would be the clergy, as these workers interact with and build people up in their faith. Many job titles, such as pastor, children's minister, priest and more fall within this category. Their primary duty is to conduct spiritual functions, like worship services, and provide moral guidance to the congregation. Clergy also read, study and prepare sermons from the Bible, lead educational programs in the faith and spend time praying. They usually need at least a bachelor's degree and some on-the-job training.

Registered Nurses

A Christian may like to live out their faith through caring for others as a registered nurse (RN). They may even silently pray for their patients as they check vitals, administer medications, perform medical tests and observe the patient. RNs take their time to answer patients' questions about their treatment, educate the patient about their condition and how to care for it and even provide emotional support to the patient and their families. All RNs must have a license, but education can include a diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree.

Elementary School Teachers

Christians may wish to share their faith and educate the next generation in the faith by becoming an elementary school teacher at a private, Christian school. Like any other teacher, they must create their lesson plans and activities for their students, enforce class rules and monitor students' progress. However, in addition to teaching basic subjects, like math and reading, elementary teachers at a Christian school may teach the Bible and help the students participate in chapel services. Elementary school teachers need a bachelor's degree, but those who teach at a private school may or may not need a state license or certificate.

Marriage and Family Therapists

Christians who enjoy talking with people and helping them work through their problems from a Christian perspective may enjoy working as a marriage and family therapist. In general, these therapists work with couples and/or families to treat clients' relationships, mental health issues and other issues, like substance abuse, with a family-centered viewpoint. Christian therapists do the same, but also tie in wisdom from the Bible and help their clients talk openly about their faith and how it relates to their issues. Marriage and family therapists need a license to practice and at least a master's degree.

Social and Community Service Managers

Christians who wish to serve people in their communities in very practical ways may find a career as a social and community service manager appealing. These managers identify the particular needs of a community or local population and develop programs and services to meet these needs, whether through provision of clothing and housing or raising awareness of services for particular groups, like veterans, children or the homeless. Social and community service managers also oversee the activities of their staff, manage their organization's budget and monitor the effectiveness of various programs. Most of these managers need a bachelor's or master's degree and some work experience.

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

Similar to an elementary teacher, Christians interested in teaching others about their faith may pursue a career as a philosophy or religion teacher at the postsecondary level. Religion teachers at this level may teach multiple courses in topics like theology, Old and New Testament subjects, religious ethics and more. These teachers can work at public or private institutions associated with the Christian faith, and may be required to perform additional responsibilities, such as supervising graduate students, conducting independent research and serving on committees for their department. Most postsecondary educators need a Ph.D., but some institutions may only require a master's degree in the area of expertise.

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