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Theology and Biblical Studies: Certificates, Degrees, and Jobs for Military and Veterans

An education in theology or biblical studies can open doors to a meaningful career. Theology and biblical study programs can be found as certificates, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Although many people think that theology and biblical studies majors only go on to become pastors or other church employees, this college major can lead one into many different career fields. Job opportunities with an education in theology can be found across all 50 states and overseas too!

Career Paths: Theology and Biblical Studies

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Religious Education
  • Ministry Director
  • Chaplain
    • Prisons
    • US Military (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Air Force)
    • Professional Sports Teams
    • Hospitals
    • College/University
    • Police/Fire Department
  • Family and Child Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Public Health Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Teacher or Professor

Don’t forget about the MyCAA Program for military spouses! Theology and biblical studies are especially great career paths for military spouses as they are certain to secure excellent job opportunities across their many moves.

Certificates in Theology and Biblical Studies

A certificate in theology or biblical studies is a great starting point for those interested in this career path. Look for certificate programs from reputable sources. Certifications from educational institutions are especially esteemed, as are certifications affiliated with respected religious institutions. Keep in mind that the GI Bill can be used for non-degree seeking programs through approved institutions.

Associate Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

If you have a strong interest in faith and theology, and have a desire to help and serve others, an associate degree in biblical studies may be right for you. An education in theology can prepare one for a variety of careers from opportunities in ministry, education, and a wide variety of service-oriented jobs in the public and private sectors. The desire to help others tends to be a driving force for those studying theology and biblical studies. An associate degree is a great first step whether the end goal for a career is within the church, or in pursuit other vocations and specializations.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

  • Social Service Assistant- Provide client services in a variety of fields, such as rehabilitation and social work. Average annual salary: $35,000.
  • Religious Worker- Such as pastor, clergy, or other church employee. Average annual salary: $40,000.

Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

Students can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies. A bachelor’s degree will open doors and create opportunities including supervisory positions and a significant pay bump from an associate degree or certification.

Religion plays a central role in shaping societies, prompting political action, and influencing the course of history. Examining the nature and function of religion is an essential part of a theology and biblical studies program. Aside from preparing for pastoral or clerical roles, students in this field typically become strong writers and critical thinkers. These attributes prepare students for graduate school and to enter fields such as law, social work, business, and education.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

Director of Religious Education, Social Advocacy OrganizationsCoordinate and design programs and conduct outreach to promote the religious education and activities of a denominational group. Average annual salary: $52,000.

Director of Religious Activities, College- Coordinate and design programs and conduct outreach to promote the religious education and activities of a denominational group. Average annual salary: $56,000.

Director of Religious Activities, Continuing Care Retirement CommunitiesCoordinate and design programs and conduct outreach to promote the religious activities of a denominational group. Average annual salary: $56,000.

Master’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

Those earning a Master’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies are well prepared to be leaders in their careers and related fields. When earning a master’s degree one can continue in their current career path with additional earning power, undertake leadership roles, or transition into teaching. A graduate degree in Theology and Biblical Studies can be found as an online program or in a traditional campus-based program. Online programs are an immensely popular offering for colleges as they are lower in cost than campus-based programs and are typically geared towards the working professional.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies

  • Postsecondary Teacher- Teach courses in religion and/or theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. Average annual salary: $89,000.

Theology and Biblical Studies Degree Programs

Ready to earn your degree in theology and biblical studies?

Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Cairn University Offers an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies.  They also offers 2 dual-level programs which a student would earns 2 degrees (bachelor’s and master’s) condensed into just 5 years. Cairn offers a dual-level BS in Bible + Master of Arts (Religion) and a dual-level BS in Bible + MDiv (Master of Divinity). Cairn University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Colorado Christian University Offers an online Certificate in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with Languages, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Colorado Christian University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Le Moyne College Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. Le Moyne College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Multnomah University Offers an online Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The MATS program offers specialization in historical theology, systematic theology, or intercultural studies. Multnomah University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Central Florida Offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Cultural Studies. The University of Central Florida participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

University of the Incarnate Word Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with Concentrations in Biblical Studies and Theology Studies. UIW Pastoral Institute department also offers two degrees in Pastoral Ministry, as a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. The University of the Incarnate Word participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All average annual salaries adapted and calculated from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.