Pastoral Studies

Pastoral Studies is about training to provide religious and spiritual guidance and counselling to people in religious communities.

Studying in this area involves learning how to minister to people about religious matters – one-on-one or in groups such as in churches.

This includes learning about how to administer churches and other religious communities.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Church minister
  • Chaplain
  • Celebrant
  • Church administrator
  • Counsellor
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Christian education teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

128% of national
median earnings


Employment

70%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
21%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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