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Religious Services: Career and Education Opportunities in Oregon

Religious Services: Religious professionals give spiritual and religious guidance to people on an ongoing basis. Integrated to the lives of people and communities, the are often the connection that people need to help understand the world around them.

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Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.


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CAREERS WITHIN Religious Services


Ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Ministers need to direct the development of teams and individuals with the aim of problem solving and task completion. They also need to look for ways to help others.
Religious Activities Director

Religious Activities Directors direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. Religious Activities Directors need to speak clearly and communicate with others. They also need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations.