Religious Studies graduates are prepared to serve as Bible workers, religious activity and education workers, and other similar occupations. The Religious Studies major also provides an excellent foundation for students pursuing post-baccalaureate study in such professional areas as health, law, education, and seminary.
Some entry-level Bible worker positions may require bachelor degrees in a related subject area. In addition to a major in Religious Studies, prospective pastors are encouraged to pursue pre-professional study in the Pre-Seminary Program and prospective teachers are encouraged to pursue a teaching credential program.
According to the California Career Resource Network, there were approximately 7,500 directors of religious activities and education in the state of California during 2010. This figure may rise to 8,300 in 2020.
According to the California Career Resource Network, directors of religious activities and education earned an average annual wage of $48,570 in the state of California during 2012. Most earned salaries ranging between $27,530 and $74,450. According to the Southeastern California Conference, Bible workers may earn $600-$1,200 every two weeks, depending on the duties assigned by the individual church.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage of archaeologists was $54,230 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,310, and the top 10 percent earned more than $89,440.
Career information adapted from:
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh