Associate Degree in Religious Studies


Church ministry, $32,000*

Church administration, $62,000*

Family and youth ministry, $39,000*

Sales representative, $61,450**

Clergy, $60,039.75***

Directors, Religious Activities and Education, $42,344.25***

Philosophy and Religion Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13***

Religious Workers, All Other, $30,760.88***

*Annual median salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside area

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

The associate of arts in religious studies degree can be the foundation for four-year college studies in religion. The program also provides excellent preparation for additional studies in for a variety of fields, including religion, law, education, counseling, business, journalism, politics, medicine and the arts.

Potential Careers

  • Church ministry
  • Church administration
  • Family and youth ministry
  • Clergy,
  • Director of religious activities and education
  • Non-profit sector employee
  • Teacher
  • Parish or congregational work
  • Sales representative
  • Religious writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Promotional speaker
  • Lay missioner