What Can You Do With A Major In Religious Studies?

What Can You Do With A Major in Religious Studies?

A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.


Typical Career Paths

International Organizations
Communications and Arts
Social Services
Religiously Affiliated Areas


Some Related Career Titles 


Entry Level Jobs 


Family Relations Mediator


Relief Worker 

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Divinity Professor 

Biblical Studies Professor 








General Career Directions

  • Biblical Studies Professor
  • Divinity Professor
  • Philosopher
  • Philosophy and Religion Instructor
  • Religion Department Chair
  • Systematic Theology Professor
  • Chaplain
  • Religious Educator
  • Teacher, Theology

Typical Employers/Work Settings   

  • Churches/Synagogues/Mosques
  • Private Educational Institutions
  • Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
  • Missionaries
  • Child Day Services
  • International aid and relief organizations
  • Non profit organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Retail stores
  • Banks
  • Financial institutions
  • Interdenominational organizations
  • Denominational publishing houses
  • Museums
  • Immigrant and refugee resettlement programs
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Youth Organizations
  • Religious based camps and youth programs 

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the ONET, starting salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Workers start at about $28,750 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career

Communicating in logical manner

Interest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas

Debating Skills


Theory Development



Close, extensive reading


Work Independently

Oratory Skills

Problem Solving

Deductive Reasoning



Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Counseling Association  
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Psychological Association 
American Public Human Services Associate
Association of Psychological Science  

American Academy of Religion
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Society for Scientific Study of Religion
American Catholic Philosophical Association
Religious Research Association
Religion Newswriters Association

Religious Education Association



Job Search/Career Information 

National Organizations or Databases 






http://www.careersinpsychology.org - career and licensure info, jobs, experts, and internships.

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http://www.counselor-license.com  - resource to explore requirements for pursuing licensure as a counselor in Florida and other states.

http://www.onlinepsychologydegrees.com/psychology-careers - A free resource that strives to provide honest and in-depth information for people looking to reach career goals including job descriptions and requirements and helpful Q&As with experts in the field.


Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Psychology and other related programs
University of North Florida- General Psychology 
Barry University
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Miami 
Other resources for graduate program research







Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in  Psychology.  


Holland Codes 

Psychology- Investigative; Social; Artistic (ISA)
Child Psychology- Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Develop an understanding about various faiths and beliefs
  • Gain experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds