We surveyed 3,009 clergy members to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical clergy member. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a clergy member?

Low

High

Working as a clergy member typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a clergy member?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a clergy member typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a clergy member?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a clergy member. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for clergy members.

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Do clergy members work full-time or part-time?

68% of clergy members work in full-time roles while 32% work part-time.

Is being a clergy member stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst clergy members, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a clergy member?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a clergy member.

How competitive is the workplace for clergy members?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for clergy members.

Does being a clergy member require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for clergy members.

Are clergy members allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a clergy member, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do clergy members have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Clergy members have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a clergy member physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a clergy members is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are clergy members exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a clergy member changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a clergy member require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a clergy member.

Does being a good clergy member require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a clergy member.