The Master’s in Theology is a great degree for career advancement, particularly for those seeking a career that is directly associated with religion. What exactly are some of the job options for those grads of this degree program? The following represent just a sample of what jobs become available to those holding today’s Master’s in Theology diploma.
Private School Faculty
Many theology degree-holders go on to work as faculty at private schools such as Christian academies that teach the K-12 grade range. As a teacher in this setting, one will teach regular school subjects to students but with the addition of Christian concepts and tradition throughout. As a non-teaching administrator in this setting, there are numerous, additional job roles such as those of the principal, vice-principal, and other admin staff that are responsible for ultimately keeping the school well managed and fully operational.
Journalism is another direction many theology majors take after graduation. Some find themselves working comfortably as writers, reporting on any number of stories, religious or not. Others find themselves working as news broadcasters, radio hosts, and in other, more publicly visible roles. Working in a religion-focused role or enterprise is the more direct application of a Master’s in Theology, but plenty of non-religion affiliated journalism roles also open without reservation to this particular grad.
College professors administer the actual educational lessons in colleges, and Master’s in Theology grads often make a perfect fit into this job role. This is especially true if the school itself or subject matter being taught there is associated with religion. Of even better news to those considering this career path, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for this profession is growing at a very healthy 11 percent annually, while median pay rests at a respectable $78,470 per year.
Missionaries are the workers who typically go out into the field, in a foreign setting, and work to promote religion in that area and people. In this job setting, the missionary may help with local infrastructural, medical, and food and water needs while also teaching and promoting their religion’s ideology, directly and/or indirectly. When not working in foreign settings, these workers continue to promote their religion but while also planning further future outreach work.
Being a clergy member means being a professional, official member of the staff of a church. Clergy membership includes those in the roles of minister, deacon, synod member, operations coordinator, and many more. While many assume clergy members to strictly work within a physical church setting, the BLS highlights numerous, other settings for these workers’ efforts including in medical and surgical hospitals, home health care operations, elementary and secondary schools, and even nursing homes.
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Theology majors are the equivalent to modern-day religious scholars, and the roles in which they can find career success are numerous and full of true meaning. Theology grads seeking success in non-religious roles can easily find that as well. However, these five, above-mentioned career choices are among some of the most popular and successfully held by those armed with today’s Master’s in Theology degree.
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