Religious/Spiritual Leaders & Professionals
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Professionals in religion conduct religious services, administer the rites of a religious faith or denomination, provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion or to a religious community. They may perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship; in institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, industrial facilities, corporate enterprises; or they may work in private practice. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Sokanu: Clergy - occupational profile and videos (U.S.)
- A Day in the Life of a Clergy Member - The Princeton Review (U.S)
- Chaplain Career Overview - Canadian Forces
- Manitoba Aboriginal Health Careers - Aboriginal Spiritual Care Provider
- Interview: Get to know the new Elder-in-Residence at the Indigenous Student Centre - UM Today
- A day in the life of the Phap Van Buddhist temple - National Post
- A Normal Week in the Life of a Pastor - The Gospel Coalition
- A Working Life: The Imam - The Guardian
Educational requirements for religious leaders vary and may require the completion of a college or university program in religious studies. Some positions may also require a master's of divinity or theology and a period of study with a senior minister. (National Occupational Classification).
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) CPE is a fully integrated practical and theoretical experience conducted in units, each totaling a minimum of 400 hours. CPE provides training for spiritual care in such places as parishes, health institutions and correctional facilities. (CASC/ACSS Manual). Students may complete pre-requisite education at U of M for admission into CASC programs. Please view the links below for program and admissions information.
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Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Collective Agreements - Manitoba Association of Healthcare Professionals (look in hospital agreements for "chaplain" and "spiritual care" positions)
- Ministers’ Salary Schedule and Cost of Living Groups - The United Church of Canada
- Employment Trends (Professors of religion) - American Academy of Religion (U.S)
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Manitoba Multifaith Council
- Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba (IHCAM)
- Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion
- Canadian Multifaith Federation
- Canadian Theological Society
- Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
- American Academy of Religion (U.S)
- International Association for the History of Religions
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Spiritual Health Care Links - Manitoba Government
- Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba (IHCAM)
- Canadian Council of Churches
- Muslim Association of Canada (see categories in "institutions")
- Buddhist Centres across Canada - Buddhist.ca
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- UMSU Student Clubs - various denominational groups at the University of Manitoba
- Article: What's the meaning of life and other questions: Spiritual care professionals can help make sense out of our lives - UM Today
- Article: A pastor for the worst day of your life: Retired firefighter now serves as chaplain
- Podcast Interviews on Spirituality, religion and meaning - Tapestry (CBC)
- Podcast interviews on spiritual Inquiry - On Being Project
- Interview: Corporate Chaplains - 100 Huntley Street
- Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
- Canadian Society of Church History
- Canadian Council of Imams
- Handbook: Our Canada: A practical guide to bridging faith with Canadian identity, human rights, belonging and values - Canadian Race Relations Foundation
- The Faith Project - Canadian documentary series exploring various faiths
- Canadian Society of Patristic Studies
- North American Association for the Study of Religion
- Association for the Sociology of Religion
- Rabbinical Council of America
- The Religious Research Association