Professional occupations in religion (NOC 4154)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Ministers of religion:

  • run religious services
  • give the rites of a religious faith or denomination
  • provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion
  • work in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship
  • may also work in other institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons
Common job titles
  • archbishop
  • archdeacon
  • bishop
  • cardinal
  • chancellor - religion
  • chaplain


Ministers of religion perform some or all of the following duties:

  • conduct regular religious services
  • administer rites of faiths such as marriages and funerals
  • pray and promote spirituality by delivering sermons and other talks
  • provide spiritual and moral guidance to members of a religious faith
  • supervise, plan and administer programs of religious education
  • may participate in humanitarian endeavours, social services and welfare activities
  • may share in the administrative and financial operation of a religious community
  • may provide consultation services to government and other organizations.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Counsellors usually become specialized in a particular area through training and experience.
Progression to social service management positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.