Becoming a Theologian via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Liberty University Online is a US school (accredited) offering theology courses to train individuals to become top-notch theologians, professors, pastors, ministers, theologianss, youth ministry directors, youth pastors, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 19,630 people employed as philosophy and religion teachers alone in America, and their average annual salary is $67,610. Directors, religious activities and education make on average $40,770 per year and there are about 15,060 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Liberty University Online that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Theologian
  • Church Administrations
  • Theology Institutions
  • Youth Ministries
  • Private Schools
  • Journalist Agencies
  • Universities
  • Religious Institutions
  • Seminaries
  • Clergies
  • Theology Schools
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Theologian
  • Meeting interesting people
  • Working flexible hours
  • Educate people consistently
  • Learn about history
  • Help unite people
  • Express your own opinions
  • Learn about philosophy
  • Learning about anthropology
  • Teaching religion
  • Working independently
Potential Drawbacks
  • A large amount of education necessary
  • Celibacy may be necessary
  • Often unrecognized during lifetime
  • Differing views cause arguments
  • May be labelled heretical
  • Working long hours
  • Little to no pay
  • Little respect in society
  • New corporate christians lack respect for theology
  • Working by yourself often
Related Professions to Consider
  • Faculty Positions
  • Professor of Theology
  • Missionary
  • Clergy Member
  • Lecturer on Theology of Marriage
  • Catholic Priest
  • Post-Doc Fellow
  • Non-Profit Organization Manager
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Minister
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Theologian
  • In what sense is the Decalogue abolished?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • How does New Covenant Theology view the 4th commandment?
  • How does New Covenant Theology view the Lutheran law/gospel distinction?
  • Should we use the law in evangelism?
  • What is New Covenant Theology's eschatology?
  • Why are you applying to this position?
  • Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament?
  • What year was the book of Luke written?
  • What is the Sermon on the Mount about?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Youth Ministry Director
  • Professor
  • Pastors
  • Contemporary Worship Leader
  • Philosophy Professors
  • Theology Professor
  • Religious Studies Professor
  • Humanities Professor
  • Teachers
  • Youth Pastors
Theologian Training books Theologian (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Hebrew
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • World Religions
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Ethics
  • History of Christian Thought
  • Liturgical Theology and Practice
  • Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • Theology in America

Theologian Salary Information

Category: Directors, religious activities and education

Total # Employed in the US 15,060
Average Hourly Wage: $19.6/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$8.98 $12.33 $17.4 $24.25 $33.22
Average Yearly Salary $40,770
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$18,670 $25,640 $36,190 $50,450 $69,090
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.2% 9.3% 17.8% 7.1% 36.3% 22.2% 6.2%
Directors, religious activities and education — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
South Dakota $32.51/hr $67,620
Wyoming $29.15/hr $60,640
Alabama $28.6/hr $59,490
Wisconsin $28.28/hr $58,830
Missouri $26.01/hr $54,090
Arkansas $25.98/hr $54,040
Nebraska $25.61/hr $53,270
New Hampshire $25.51/hr $53,050
Florida $25.1/hr $52,200
Idaho $24.74/hr $51,450
Oregon $23.93/hr $49,770
North Dakota $23.02/hr $47,890
Kentucky $22.86/hr $47,550
Delaware $22.24/hr $46,270
Ohio $22.2/hr $46,180
Mississippi $20.48/hr $42,600
Colorado $20.45/hr $42,530
South Carolina $19.69/hr $40,950
Oklahoma $19.39/hr $40,330
Utah $18.85/hr $39,210
Massachusetts $18.46/hr $38,390
Virginia $18.35/hr $38,160
Kansas $18.08/hr $37,610
Hawaii $17.53/hr $36,460
Montana $17.4/hr $36,190
Tennessee $16.69/hr $34,720
Louisiana $16.45/hr $34,210
Alaska $13.77/hr $28,650
Indiana $13.74/hr $28,590
New Jersey $12.73/hr $26,490


Category: Religious workers, all other

Total # Employed in the US 6,140
Average Hourly Wage: $15.94/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.84 $9.18 $14.14 $19.95 $27.19
Average Yearly Salary $33,160
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,310 $19,100 $29,410 $41,490 $56,550
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
3.1% 13.1% 20.3% 6.4% 32.6% 19.2% 5.3%
Religious workers, all other — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $20.36/hr $42,350
Mississippi $20.26/hr $42,130
Connecticut $19.62/hr $40,820
Ohio $18.6/hr $38,700
Nebraska $17.78/hr $36,980
Utah $17.23/hr $35,830
New Hampshire $16.57/hr $34,470
Indiana $15.47/hr $32,180
Tennessee $15.13/hr $31,460
Oklahoma $15.11/hr $31,430
Wyoming $15.05/hr $31,290
Kentucky $14.75/hr $30,680
Montana $14.62/hr $30,400
Kansas $14.47/hr $30,090
Louisiana $14.18/hr $29,490
Colorado $13.9/hr $28,910
Delaware $13.53/hr $28,140
California $13.36/hr $27,790
Hawaii $13.18/hr $27,420
Oregon $12.84/hr $26,700
Virginia $12.75/hr $26,520
South Carolina $11.76/hr $24,460


Category: Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

Total # Employed in the US 19,630
Average Yearly Salary $67,610
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$34,130 $45,530 $61,240 $81,760 $109,300
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.2% 0.7% 2.7% 2.3% 15.3% 34.6% 44.2%
Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alabama - $55,330
Arkansas - $57,340
California - $59,180
Colorado - $79,420
Connecticut - $62,980
Delaware - $75,190
Florida - $74,290
Hawaii - $62,440
Idaho - $70,320
Indiana - $67,170
Kansas - $56,310
Kentucky - $63,960
Louisiana - $57,270
Maine - $47,540
Maryland - $56,670
Massachusetts - $58,870
Michigan - $74,050
Mississippi - $66,660
Missouri - $83,550
Montana - $70,870
Nebraska - $62,670
Nevada - $58,900
New Hampshire - $56,970
New Jersey - $56,320
New Mexico - $63,350
North Carolina - $72,430
North Dakota - $76,570
Ohio - $62,370
Oklahoma - $86,460
Oregon - $62,660
South Carolina - $64,410
South Dakota - $53,360
Tennessee - $63,500
Utah - $73,200
Virginia - $93,050
Washington - $61,910
West Virginia - $54,940
Wisconsin - $59,210
Wyoming - $67,710
Guam - $73,590
Puerto Rico - $65,900


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