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Interested in a Biblical Studies Degree? Top Jobs in Secular and Faith-based Sectors

Jeff Augustine, M.A.T.

So, you’re interested in learning more about the Scriptures and the history and culture during the Old and New Testament times. Maybe you’re investigating CCU’s biblical studies degree. Your next big question might be, “Can I actually get a job with this degree?” A degree in biblical studies can give you a greater understanding of the Bible and how it applies to today’s world. It also provides a foundation for seminary, various ministry positions, missions, social service, and personal spiritual development.

The most obvious job for someone with a biblical studies degree is a pastor or director of a Christian nonprofit organization, but there are many opportunities and careers available outside of ministry-related employment. Many people who have a biblical studies degree become counselors or social workers, journalists, digital communications specialists, educators, managers, and prison, military, or hospital chaplains. Employers are looking for employees with strong values and ethics in a variety of careers.

Here are four top jobs in the secular and faith-based sectors

Digital Marketing and Promotions

Non-profit organizations and educational institutions need to experience digital marketing and social media experts to assist them to encourage participation in programs and products. The creation of online content through websites, blogs, email campaigns, and social media can require positive, effective marketing campaign tactics. A biblical studies degree can help you develop ethical campaigns, moral business practices, and servant leadership with your coworkers to help impact all those around you.

Military, Prison, Hospital, or Workplace Chaplain

In recent years, many small private and large public organizations have employed chaplains and spiritual directors to help with staff and teams. Chaplains provide comfort and spiritual counseling as well as advising for staff on personal and professional issues. They can even conduct funerals and weddings for the organization’s staff.

Admission, Guidance, Career, or Enrollment Counselor

Non-profit organizations and educational institutions need experienced staff to assist in helping guide people into educational, professional, or personal careers. Employment of school guidance and career counselors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations! Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth in this field. A biblical studies degree can help you better serve students with empathy, and Christian values, and lead them to a better relationship with the Lord.

Teacher

Although a biblical studies degree won’t get you a job as a teacher, it can give you a credential in addition to an education degree that will set you apart from the competition. Alongside private or religious schools, public school teachers can benefit from a biblical foundation education as they pursue their teaching certificates. An educator who has been trained in a biblical worldview can make a major impact on students, other teachers, and society.

*All statistics were pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/.

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