"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that's how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."~John Kerry,
U.S. Secretary of State, 8/7/13
Good interpreters of information are in high demand and a basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Collecting data, synthesizing it, and presenting it are vital skills in the study of religion and in most professions. Developing an understanding and tolerance of differing cultures and beliefs also translates well to the workforce especially in jobs that require relating and reaching out to others, building relationships, or incorporating many perspectives at once.
In a 2013 AAC&U survey employers were asked the skills they wanted colleges to emphasize. The list below shows key skills gained with a Religious Studies education and the percent of employers who value these skills.**
*LSAT (Law School Admission Test) GRE (Graduate Record Exam) GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
**Source: It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. 2013. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates. View the Key Findings from 2013 Survey of Employers on this survey and related employer findings.