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Ministry Schools

There are 287 accredited ministry schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of ministry classes at one of these schools, you play a notable role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the ministry academic community and the future trends. Academia in ministry includes ministry training at the following levels:

  • Ministry Certificate
  • Associates degree in Ministry
  • Bachelors degree in Ministry
  • Masters degree in Ministry
  • PhD degree in Ministry


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Ministry professionals

52,570 55,740 56,830 57,730 59,660
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 59,660 ministry professionals working in the US in 2010. The number of ministry professionals has grown by 13% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Ministry professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by ministry professionals around the nation, was $40,070 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for ministry professionals in the US was 35% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Ministry

$36,970 $37,915 $38,915 $39,570 $40,070
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Ministry professionals' salaries have seen a 8% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Ministry Student enrollment growth by degree

1 0 2 2 48
530 514 589 604 739
0 0 192 91 676
32 74 1,669 2,877 5,593
6,189 6,425 4,587 3,137 46
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Ministry
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Ministry
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Ministry
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Ministry
  • Grey: Certificate in Ministry

The career outlook for ministry professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In 2006, 6,752 students graduated from ministry degree programs in the US. In 2010, 7,102 students graduated from ministry schools.

This represents a 5% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from ministry courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Ministry Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering ministry programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 280 ministry schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 287 schools.

Ministry Faculty Salaries

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