Religious Program Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Religious program specialists assist military chaplains in building a culture of spiritual care and facilitating the free exercise of religion for military service members and their families. As experts in religious diversity, they conduct worship services, provide pastoral counseling, and offer crisis intervention.  They also advise leaders at all levels on religious accommodation, ethical, and moral issues.

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Work Environment

Religious program specialists in the Military usually work indoors. They also serve aboard ships or with land and air units in the field.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Religious Organizations
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Religious Program Specialists in the Military

1,676

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Salary

Average Salary

$58,430

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 82%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • High school 5%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Religious program specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Principles of religious support programsGuidance and counseling techniquesLeadership skillsOffice procedures, clerical skills, and preparing forms and correspondence in Army styleReligious history and background

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Knowledge

  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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