Ministers of Religion perform spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faiths, and provide motivation, guidance and training in religious life for the people of congregations and parishes, and the wider community.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Around three quarters of workers have a university degree. High levels of personal commitment and interest is also required. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • preparing and conducting services of public worship and acknowledgments of faith
  • preparing and delivering sermons, homilies and special talks, and planning music for services
  • participating in the social and welfare activities of communities, encouraging people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organising participation in community projects
  • conducting classes of religious instruction, and supervising prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
  • conducting premarital and family counselling and referring people to professional service agencies where necessary
  • performing marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law
  • visiting members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort
  • keeping records as required by the church and civil law

Job Titles

  • Minister of Religion
  • Minister of Religion

    Specialisations: Aboriginal Ceremonial Celebrant, Chaplain, Imam, Monk, Priest, Rabbi, Salvation Army Officer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $932 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    15000
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    65.7%
  • Female Share

    34.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    69.0%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 15,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Ministers of Religion work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Other Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $932 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 51 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200513200
200617100
200717500
200815700
200917200
201016700
201112900
201215000
201318400
201417500
201515000
202014700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMinisters of ReligionAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9321230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMinisters of ReligionAll Jobs Average
Full-time6968.4
Part-time3131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.940

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services86.8
Health Care and Social Assistance6.4
Education and Training6.3
Public Administration and Safety0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMinisters of ReligionAll Jobs Average
NSW33.231.8
VIC27.225.5
QLD15.619.8
SA9.36.8
WA10.911.2
TAS1.72
NT0.91.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMinisters of ReligionAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-243.5-9.99.9
25-3410.7-23.423.4
35-4422.8-21.721.7
45-5419.1-21.121.1
55-5914.1-8.78.7
60-6418.2-5.95.9
65 and Over11.6-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMinisters of ReligionCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males65.7Males53.6
Females34.3Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMinisters of ReligionAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate53-8.68.6
Bachelor degree23.8-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 127.9-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required.
Around three quarters of workers have a university degree. High levels of personal commitment and interest is also required. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Ministers of Religion who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Philosophy and Theology

    99% Important

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  2. English Language

    87% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Therapy and Counseling

    79% Important

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  4. Psychology

    76% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  5. Education and Training

    74% Important

    Teaching and course design.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

    86% Important

    Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.

  2. Assisting and Caring for Others

    82% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  3. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    82% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    82% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    81% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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