Eastern Orthodox Priests

Gathering of Priests

Eastern orthodox priests lead prayers, administer the sacraments, provide spiritual support to parishioners, and oversee the daily operation of their parish. Only men can become priests. Orthodox priests conduct services in more than 20 languages. They are also called pastors or presbyters.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Pastors, Presbyters
Duties Lead prayers, administer the sacraments, and provide spiritual support to parishioners
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large U.S. cities
Minimum Education Level
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Psychology
  • Religion
Experience Three years of seminary training with field experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Minimum age for ordination is 30; must be male; unmarried unless married prior to ordination
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Archbishop
  • Bishop
  • Priest
  • Seminarian
  • Deacon

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