Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 21-2011 Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Pray and promote spirituality. Read from sacred texts such as the Bible, Torah, or Koran. Prepare and deliver sermons or other talks. Organize and lead regular religious services. Plan or lead religious education programs. Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith. Counsel individuals or groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, or personal needs. Administer religious rites or ordinances. Devise ways in which congregational membership can be expanded. Visit people in homes, hospitals, or prisons to provide them with comfort and support. Study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, or traditions. Conduct special ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, or confirmations. Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups. Respond to requests for assistance during emergencies or crises. Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching. Prepare people for participation in religious ceremonies. Collaborate with committees or individuals to address financial or administrative issues pertaining to congregations. Refer people to community support services, psychologists, or doctors. Participate in fundraising activities to support congregational activities or facilities. Perform administrative duties, such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services or repairs, or supervising the work of staff members or volunteers. Organize or engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to religious programs.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $15.51   Entry $32,264.00
Mean $23.15   Mean $48,161.00
Experience $26.97 Experience $56,099.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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