Careers in Religious Studies
Graduates of religious studies programs may go on to become religious professionals - such as rabbis, ministers and priests - but they also may be prepared to pursue further academic careers in theology, history and sociology. Students also may go on to a Bible college to train to become a clergy member. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clergy members conduct the religious worship of a denomination. Individuals seeking to become an ordained minister, moreover, may attend a theological seminary. The Association of Theological Schools (ATA) accredits graduate schools of theology which train ministerial leaders through master's in religious education and pastoral studies programs. These students, according to the Association of Theological Schools, may be prepared for leadership positions in ministry, or for the teaching of theological studies.