National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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42204 - Religion workers

Religion workers include brothers, nuns, monks, religious education workers and others who provide support to ministers of religion or to a religious community and who perform certain functions associated with the practice of a religion. They may perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship; in institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons; or in industrial facilities, corporate enterprises; or they may work in private practice.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • brother/sister - religion
    • Christian science practitioner
    • deacon
    • missionary
    • monk
    • nun
    • pastoral animator
    • religious education worker
    • Salvation Army field worker

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • cantor
  • Exclusion(s)

    • Medical missionary (See 31102 General practitioners and family physicians)
    • Religious leaders (See 41302 Religious leaders)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:

    • Assist at services of public worship and religious rites
    • Provide religious education, spiritual guidance and moral support to members of a religious community
    • Conduct outreach activities and facilitate community involvement
    • Administer programs providing food, clothing and shelter
    • May plan, organize and lead worship services and church activities for a specific audience.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of college, university or other program in religious studies may be required, depending on the particular occupation and religion.
    • There may be other employment requirements depending on the particular occupation and religion.
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