National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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4154 - Professional occupations in religion

Ministers of 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. Ministers of religion perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship. They may also work in other institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • archbishop
    • bishop
    • cardinal
    • chaplain
    • evangelist
    • granthi
    • imam
    • minister
    • moderator - religion
    • pastor
    • priest
    • rabbi

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Other religious occupations (4217)
  • Main duties

    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.
  • Employment requirements

    • Educational requirements vary, depending on the religion, and range from the completion of a college or other program in religious studies to a master's of divinity degree.
    • A period of study with a senior minister is usually required.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to senior positions included in this unit group, within a religious order, is possible with experience.
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