Protestant Ministers

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 45,020 clergy, including Protestant ministers, employed in the United States. 

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

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