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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in North Dakota

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo.

For those living in the Bismarck, North Dakota area, there are many career and education opportunities for ministers. There are currently 1,050 working ministers in North Dakota; this should grow 6% to 1,110 working ministers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for ministers, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.7% over the next eight years. In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

The income of a minister is about $18 per hour or $38,510 annually on average in North Dakota. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 hourly or $41,730 annually on average. Ministers earn the same as people working in the category of Religious Services generally in North Dakota and more than people in the Religious Services category nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: bishop, hospital chaplain, and children's minister.

The Bismarck area is home to six schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Bismarck where you can get a degree as a minister. The most common level of education for ministers is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years training to become a minister if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Approximately 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist destinations include the Red River Valley Genealogical Society, the West Acres Regional Shopping Center, and the Gallery 4 Ltd.

CITIES WITH Minister OPPORTUNITIES IN North Dakota


JOB 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.

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

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Dakota

North Dakota
North Dakota photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo. In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Approximately 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Red River Valley Genealogical Society, the Gallery 4 Ltd, and the West Acres Regional Shopping Center.