Rabbi Leads Service

Rabbis are the spiritual leaders of Jewish religious congregations. They interpret Jewish law and tradition and conduct religious services on the Sabbath (a daylong period of rest and worship from Friday evening to Saturday evening) and holy days. Rabbis perform wedding ceremonies and funeral services, counsel members of the congregation, visit the sick, and often take part in community and interfaith affairs. Most rabbis serve one of the four main types of Jewish congregations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. The remaining congregations are other unaffiliated streams of Judaism.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Serve as the spiritual leaders of Jewish religious congregations
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Religion
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Orthodox seminaries accept only men, but all other denominations accept men and women into the rabbinate
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Educator or Leader in Their Particular Jewish Religious Movement
  • Leader of Large Congregation
  • Leader of Small Congregation or Assistant to an Experienced Rabbi