4217 Other religious occupations

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Lead statement

This unit group includes brothers, nuns, monks, religious education workers and others who provide support to ministers of religion or to a religious community and who perform certain functions associated with the practice of a religion. They may perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship; in institutions such as schools, hospitals and prisons; or in industrial facilities, corporate enterprises; or they may work in private practice.

Example Titles

  • brother/sister – religion
  • Christian science practitioner
  • deacon
  • missionary
  • monk
  • nun
  • pastoral animator
  • religious education worker
  • Salvation Army field worker


  • cantor

Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Assist at services of public worship and religious rites
  • Provide religious education, spiritual guidance and moral support to members of a religious community
  • Conduct outreach activities and facilitate community involvement
  • Administer programs providing food, clothing and shelter
  • May plan, organize and lead worship services and church activities for a specific audience.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of college, university or other program in religious studies may be required, depending on the particular occupation and religion.
  • There may be other employment requirements depending on the particular occupation and religion.