Pastoral Counselor

Pastoral counselors or hospital chaplains provide spiritual and religious guidance to patients and families in health care settings.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Hospital chaplains usually work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, correctional institutions or other health care environments. They work with patients, families and staff to provide spiritual and ethical direction and instruction on religious practices and beliefs. They conduct religious masses, provide counseling and companionship to patients and family members, and may deliver religious rites and ordinances. They may also oversee the pastoral care program in a health care setting.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 580
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 244,200
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 258,000
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 6%
Expected Annual Openings: 6,630
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $45,449

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