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

  • $932 Weekly Pay
  • 23,100 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 74.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45.3 hours Average full-time
  • 46.5 years Average age
  • 25.2% female Gender Share

The number of Ministers of Religion grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 23,100 in 2017 to 24,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 15,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Ministers of Religion work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Education and Training; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (74.6%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53.7%).
  • Gender: 25.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200718100
200815300
200916100
201016500
201116000
201215300
201316800
201418600
201514300
201616800
201723100
202224100

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services84.8
Education and Training8.5
Health Care and Social Assistance5.2
Public Administration and Safety0.6
Other Industries0.9

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 2017, 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
NSW35.931.6
VIC23.326.2
QLD14.919.7
SA5.56.7
WA15.210.8
TAS2.32.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-191.0-5.25.2
20-244.8-9.99.9
25-3417.3-23.623.6
35-4423.3-21.721.7
45-5426.3-20.820.8
55-597.2-8.88.8
60-649.3-6.06.0
65 and Over10.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-2011.00 - Clergy.

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