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Clinical Pastoral Counseling

4 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
150 Master's Degrees Annually
#127 in Popularity
$53,290 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Clinical Pastoral Counseling Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 196
Graduate Certificate 59
Doctor’s Degree 10
Bachelor’s Degree 8

What Clinical Pastoral Counseling Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling Majors

clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling Majors

A major in clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Clinical Pastoral Counseling Major?

People with a clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Clergy 8.2% $48,990
Counselors 14.2% $42,130
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4% $50,090
Mental Health Counselors 23.1% NA
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling?

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 88% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 7
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Clinical Pastoral Counseling Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $47,740 to $54,150 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Clinical Pastoral Counseling Major  ( 47740 to 54150 )
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Some degrees associated with clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.6%
Some College Courses 2.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 21.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.0%
Master’s Degree 52.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 7.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 5.7%
Doctoral Degree 1.1%

Online Clinical Pastoral Counseling Programs

In 2019-2020, 25 schools offered a clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 9 2
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 19 5
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling grad is $53,290 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $267,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical pastoral counseling/patient counseling.

Major Number of Grads
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 6,851
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5,728
Other Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 3,818
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 3,308
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2,805
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2,389
Clinical/Medical Social Work 2,060
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 230
Trauma Counseling 30
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 16
Medical Family Therapy/Therapist 8

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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