Employment opportunities (see also Appointments)
Religious studies professionals are well prepared for a range of jobs. The easy mistake is to think that when you finish your training you will train others, i.e., that teaching and research at an institution like your alma mater is the expected outcome of a doctorate in the field. This is a limited and limiting notion, the opposite of what professionals in other fields think. For example, most recently graduated medical doctors do not believe they are going to teach in a medical school, nor do new lawyers assume they will teach law. They expect to practice their professions. Graduate students in religion are socialized to think that they will teach, as if that is the only thing for which they are prepared. If they do not get jobs in academia, they are sometimes made to feel that they have failed. Do not fall for that myth.