Imams

Imam Leads Prayer

Imams are religious leaders in the religion of Islam. They lead daily prayers, teach people about the Quran (the Muslim holy book) and the life of the Prophet Mohammed, officiate at weddings and funerals, and develop and oversee youth programs at their mosque. In most mosques, only men serve as imams, but in some countries or traditions, a woman may serve as an imam in special situations (e.g., women-only mosques and prayer groups).  

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Alims
Duties Lead prayers and perform ceremonies in mosques
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Religion
  • Speech
Experience Zero to five years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Member of Executive Committee or Board
  • Imam
  • Assistant Imam
  • Mosque Volunteer

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