Protestant Ministers

Minister During Sermon

Protestant ministers provide for the spiritual, educational, and social needs of Protestant congregations and other people of the community. They lead services, perform religious rites, and provide moral and spiritual guidance to their congregation members. Ministers also help the sick and needy and supervise the religious educational programs of their church. Protestant ministers also have administrative duties in their congregations and may take on further responsibilities in their denomination at the regional or national level, or in community or ecumenical groups. Some Protestant ministers may also be involved in missionary work; this may include establishing or continuing religious education in foreign or remote posts. There are approximately 48,250 clergy, including Protestant ministers, employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Provide for the spiritual, social, and educational needs of Protestant congregations and other people in their community
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Speech
Experience Volunteer work; seminary experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Pastor of a Large Congregation
  • Pastor of a Small Congregation
  • Assistant Pastor

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