- Parochial School Teacher
- Religious Official
These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
An associate’s degree in Religion is available to you, if you have a calling about your own specific faith or if you are interested in looking into other fields such as religious teaching, leadership, or administration.
Curricula in Religion usually encompass the traditions, histories and beliefs of different faiths. General religion program will be different than religious studies programs or comparative religion programs because the focus is usually on one particular faith, usually your own. Your curriculum might comprise the Bible and its translation from Aramaic or Hebrew, historical religious developments, interpretation of scripture, exegesis, and eschatology. After graduating with a degree in Religion, you may want to follow a career in the clergy, as a religious teacher or become a leader of religious organizations.
If you find that you have a calling for the clergy, a degree in Religion is a logical step to take. You may become a religious leader, such as a pastor, rabbi or priest, who deal with your congregations and give your advice to your parishioners. Most duties will include leading services in worship, administering sacraments, and become directors of religious education within their district/parish. You will also be called to visit the sick, help families and certain individuals resolve conflicts and conduct marital and funeral services.
If after your associate’s degree in Religion, you feel you want to work at a graduate level, you will need to transfer your credits to a certified program. Your primary duties would include teaching, which includes having to create lesson plans and tests, give advice to students and be responsible for contact with administration and parents, as well. You may also choose to continue research within a specific topic in your religious studies.
If you want to teach at a private religious school, an associate’s degree in Religion might suffice. You will also be responsible for creating lesson plans and coordinating religious programs within your classes. Religious educators are also responsible for organizing and implementing retreats and individual student conferences. You must give your students the impetus to participate in volunteer programs and extracurricular activities, many that include religious topics.