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Religious Directors

Religious directors oversee and coordinate the activities of a denominational group's religious education programs. They direct church school programs that promote religious education among church members. A religious director develops goals and plans for religious education.

Religious directors promote religious learning for all age levels. Some religious directors focus on children's and youth religious education programs. They direct activities and programs to meet the religious needs of students.

They work with the church community to grow religious education programs and the congregation. Some religious directors provide counseling regarding financial, religious, marital and health issues. They assist in selecting and implementing social action events and projects.

Churches offer religious education programs such as high school, elementary school and pre-school religious education. Churches also may offer adult religious education and family religious education programs.

A director of religious education may collaborate with others to promote learning in a religious community through classes, programs, family activities and religious services.

Responsibilities

  • Choose curricula for education programs
  • Recruit volunteer workers
  • Develop a budget
  • Train and oversee religious education instructional staff members
  • Determine needs for religious education
  • Order materials, schedule speakers, reserve space and take care of other administrative details
  • Work with other ministry members to establish objectives for religious education programs
  • Schedule special events including conferences, camps, retreats and seminars
  • Evaluate resource materials
  • Evaluate religious education personnel

Job Characteristics

Religious directors need good interpersonal and motivational skills. They also need good written and verbal communication skills. They should be highly organized. They need to be able to work with a diverse group of people. A religious director needs to be good at recruiting adult volunteers. Some religious director positions include part-time hours.

Employment Outlook

The employment of religious directors is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. In 2008 the median annual salary for directors of religious activities and education was $36,100.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The educational backgrounds of religious directors may vary. Some religious directors have a bachelor's degree whereas others hold a master's degree. Some religious directors have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in Theology or Religious Education. Some master's degree programs offer certification in the areas of schools, congregations and communities.

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Major Employers

The top employers are religious organizations, elementary and secondary schools; colleges, universities and professional schools; and individual and family services.

Schools for Religious Directors are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Religious Directors

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Religious Directors jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale N/A $54,710
Mesa N/A $54,710
Phoenix N/A $54,710
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 1440 $45,900
Long Beach 1440 $45,900
Anaheim 1440 $45,900
San Diego 500 $40,460
Carlsbad 500 $40,460
Oakland 470 $53,580
Hayward 470 $53,580
San Francisco 470 $53,580
San Bernardino 400 $34,890
Ontario 400 $34,890
Riverside 400 $34,890
San Jose 180 $41,150
Santa Clara 180 $41,150
Sunnyvale 180 $41,150
Arden 120 N/A
Arcade 120 N/A
Roseville 120 N/A
Sacramento 120 N/A
Fresno 120 $34,000
Thousand Oaks 60 N/A
Ventura 60 N/A
Oxnard 60 N/A
Santa Cruz 60 $40,240
Watsonville 60 $40,240
Modesto 40 $31,500
Visalia 40 $32,730
Porterville 40 $32,730
Salinas 40 $35,200
Santa Rosa 40 $43,070
El Centro 30 $25,950
Bakersfield N/A $23,090
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 100 $59,180
Lakewood 70 $54,740
Denver 70 $54,740
Aurora 70 $54,740
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 300 $41,630
West Palm Beach 300 $41,630
Miami 300 $41,630
Tampa 270 $42,040
St. Petersburg 270 $42,040
Clearwater 270 $42,040
Sanford 140 $36,580
Orlando 140 $36,580
Kissimmee 140 $36,580
Jacksonville 80 $28,180
Ormond Beach 50 $38,860
Daytona Beach 50 $38,860
Deltona 50 $38,860
Titusville 50 $39,550
Melbourne 50 $39,550
Palm Bay 50 $39,550
Sarasota 50 $44,170
North Port 50 $44,170
Bradenton 50 $44,170
Lakeland 40 $41,250
Winter Haven 40 $41,250
Port St. Lucie 30 $33,830
Fort Myers 30 $40,560
Cape Coral 30 $40,560
Gainesville N/A $36,750
Ferry Pass N/A $40,300
Pensacola N/A $40,300
Brent N/A $40,300
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 350 $37,650
Sandy Springs 350 $37,650
Atlanta 350 $37,650
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 320 $57,670
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 60 $61,000
Carmel 60 $61,000
Indianapolis 60 $61,000
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 30 $39,090
Des Moines 30 $39,090
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 300 $41,450
Columbia 300 $41,450
Baltimore 300 $41,450
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 650 $32,880
Warren 650 $32,880
Detroit 650 $32,880
Wyoming 260 $30,650
Grand Rapids 260 $30,650
Ann Arbor 110 $55,580
Flint 70 $25,070
East Lansing 60 $34,270
Lansing 60 $34,270
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 60 $29,520
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 80 $30,630
Missoula 70 $32,300
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 380 $28,620
Buffalo 380 $28,620
Cheektowaga 380 $28,620
Rochester 240 $38,330
Albany 190 $20,000
Troy 190 $20,000
Schenectady 190 $20,000
Utica 30 $28,610
Rome 30 $28,610
Syracuse N/A $42,710
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Toledo N/A $35,370
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 40 $37,310
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 210 $37,630
Redmond 100 $39,420
Bend 100 $39,420
Albany 70 $31,790
Eugene 60 $19,460
Medford 40 $35,720
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 220 $33,080
Barre 110 N/A
Hazleton 110 N/A
Wilkes 110 N/A
Scranton 110 N/A
Harrisburg 100 $29,020
Carlisle 100 $29,020
Hanover 60 $48,070
York 60 $48,070
Lancaster 50 $35,830
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 50 $60,640
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 160 $76,400
Dallas 160 $76,400
Arlington 160 $76,400
Sugar Land 140 $73,670
Houston 140 $73,670
The Woodlands 140 $73,670
New Braunfels 100 $38,060
San Antonio 100 $38,060
Austin 50 $74,840
Round Rock 50 $74,840
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 140 $43,950
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 110 $67,760
Tacoma 110 $67,760
Seattle 110 $67,760
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 30 $36,820
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 60 $38,660

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Religious Directors

To find out more about building a career as Religious Directors, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Religious Directors

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Non-profit 12,440 84% $34,780
Education 1,410 9% $41,840
Social Service 220 1% $33,130
Government 190 1% $88,020
Hospital 160 1% $70,130
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