Career Options

Careers for Theology Majors

  • Pastor (Senior, Associate, Youth)
  • Relief Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Missionary
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Counselor
  • Nonprofit Program Administrator
  • Worship Leader
  • Chaplain

Starting Salary*

A theology major’s typical starting salary is $34,500. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $43,977.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with a Theology Degree

  • Author, Reaching Out without Dumbing Down and A Royal “Waste” of Time
  • Op-Ed Columnist, Washington Post
  • Chief Speechwriter, President George W. Bush
  • Case Manager, Bell Therapy Community Support Program
  • Congressman, 6th District of Maryland
  • Children’s Pastor, Living Way Fellowship
  • Associate Attorney, Patton Boggs, Washington
  • Consultant, Forrester Consulting
  • Resident Director, Salisbury University
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.