risk level
Based on 219 votes
by year 2032
or $26.70 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

0.1% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

  • Originality

User poll

11.6% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a minimal chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.1% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Clergy will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Clergy' job openings is expected to rise 4.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Clergy' was $55,550, or $26 per hour

'Clergy' were paid 20.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 53,140 people employed as 'Clergy' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Clergy'.

Job description

Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

SOC Code: 21-2011.00


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Jim B (Low) says
It's a social interactive and intuitive job.
Jan 26, 2024 at 08:20 PM
이동현 (Highly likely) says
The advancement of technology is progressing faster than what humans can accommodate. Respondents to the survey seem to measure based on human expectations, hopes, and possibilities, rather than incorporating predictions about technological development or the situation.
Oct 09, 2023 at 05:52 AM
mukhtar olamide (Low) says
This has to do with belief systems and not what calculations can achieve. It is religious and not necessarily scientific
Jun 20, 2023 at 09:21 AM
Richard (Highly likely) says
This is an area in which people seriously underestimate the future capabilities of AI. We are already nearing the point at which AI will be capable of analysing and interpreting religious texts with far greater speed and accuracy than humans. A human vicar or priest will have to spend hours of their day and years of their life studying The Bible intensely. An AI could read and understand the entire book (and provide an accurate and appropriate answer to any questions a person may have about its contents) in 10 seconds.
Jun 01, 2023 at 04:07 AM
Jeff Williams (No chance) says
Mechanical circuitry is not capable of understanding and dealing with spiritual matters; and nobody in their right mind would accept AI/robot pastoring.
Mar 14, 2021 at 12:22 AM
Anonymous says
Robot priests? Not happening. Chance of automation is easily zero.
Dec 11, 2020 at 06:43 PM
a person against robot priests (No chance) says
just imagine robot priests........
Oct 19, 2019 at 09:21 PM
sam says
or a robot monk chanting prayers
Mar 09, 2020 at 01:59 PM
Pastor Rob says
fact: evangelical pastors are largely automated already. Whether or not they know it is another thing.
Feb 15, 2022 at 11:57 PM

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