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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in New Orleans, Louisiana

For those living in the New Orleans, Louisiana area, there are many career and education opportunities for ministers. There are currently 150 jobs for ministers in Louisiana and this is projected to grow by 29% to 200 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for ministers are expected to grow by about 12.7%. Ministers generally conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Ministers earn about $21 per hour or $44,740 per year on average in Louisiana and about $20 per hour or $41,730 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in Louisiana earn the same. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: children's pastor, vicar, and catholic priest.

The New Orleans area is home to thirty-two schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of New Orleans where you can get a degree as a minister. The most common level of education for ministers is a Bachelor's degree. It will take about four years to learn to be a minister if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Minister

Minister video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. They also provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Ministers pray and promote spirituality. They also read from sacred texts such as the Bible or Koran. Equally important, ministers have to ready and deliver sermons and other talks. They are often called upon to administer religious rites or ordinances. They are expected to share data related to religious issues by writing articles or teaching. Finally, ministers perform administrative duties such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services and repairs, and supervising the work of staff members and volunteers.

Every day, ministers are expected to be able to speak clearly. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for ministers to organize and lead regular religious services. They are often called upon to conduct special ceremonies such as weddings and confirmations. Somewhat less frequently, ministers are also expected to share data related to religious issues by writing articles or teaching.

They also have to be able to participate in fundraising efforts to support congregation efforts and facilities and organize and engage in interfaith and recreational efforts sponsored by or pertaining to their religion. And finally, they sometimes have to administer religious rites or ordinances.

Like many other jobs, ministers must have exceptional integrity and have a strong concern for others.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Orleans include:

  • Religious Activities Director. Direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. Plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, and religious problems.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Minister Training

Loyola University New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118-6143. Loyola University New Orleans is a small university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,474 students and an admission rate of 61%. Loyola University New Orleans has postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and post-master's certificate programs in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties which graduated zero, one, and one students respectively in 2008.

Our Lady of Holy Cross College - New Orleans, LA

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131-7399. Our Lady of Holy Cross College is a small college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,298 students. Our Lady of Holy Cross College has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated two and zero students respectively in 2008.

Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

Xavier University of Louisiana, One Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125-1098. Xavier University of Louisiana is a small university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,236 students and an admission rate of 66%. Xavier University of Louisiana has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated zero and three students respectively in 2008.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary - New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a small school located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,272 students and an admission rate of 100%. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated zero, four, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated ninety-two, zero, and twenty-three students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, less than one year, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated thirty-three, zero, eight, zero, and twelve students respectively in 2008.

Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology - New Orleans, LA

Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology, 2901 South Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118-4391. Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology is a small school located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 100 students. Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 15 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans is located in Orleans Parish County, Louisiana. It has a population of over 311,853, which has shrunk by 35.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in New Orleans, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in New Orleans cost $139,700 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, eight hundred eighty-two new homes were built in New Orleans, down from 1,026 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in New Orleans are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 26 minutes. More than 25.8% of New Orleans residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in New Orleans is 9.8%, which is greater than Louisiana's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of New Orleans residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.1%, is less than both the national and state average. All Saints Catholic Church, Iglesia Bautista Getsemani and Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in New Orleans. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

New Orleans is home to the Keller Market and the New Orleans Country Club as well as Harris Playground and Hardin Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Carrollton Shopping Center, Read Boulevard Shopping Center and Read Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to New Orleans can choose from Rampart Street Connection, Lafitte Guest House and HAMPTON INN & SUITES CONV CTR for temporary stays in the area.