Monk

Trade a life of worldliness for one of prayer and hard work.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Monks do?

Some people are content to worship periodically, as their schedules allow. Others don’t think sporadic worship is enough, however, and they want to devote their entire lives to studying, worshiping, and contemplating. When men choose to do this, they live in sequestered communities and are called “Monks.” The title crosses many religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism.

If you’re a Monk, the life you lead is quite regimented. Each moment of your day is precisely plotted out with specific instructions. You never wake up wondering what you’ll do to fill up the day. Each day is likely to be much the same as the last, and that repetition fills you with comfort and allows you to focus on your prayers.

Most days start and end with prayers. Formalized prayers allow you to connect with other Monks, and sometimes, members of your religious community come to watch the services.

The devotion and precision you show is inspiring to these spectators. Sometimes, you sing your services. Other times, you speak the words. This may be the only time you use your voice, as your vows may force you to stay quiet all day.

The middle of the day is devoted to work. Hard work keeps you from thinking impure thoughts, and the products you make help pay for the facility you live in. You garden, raise animals, make clothes, or brew beer. Other people sell the items, since you prefer to avoid touching money.

Meals are served in a main dining hall, and you eat alongside other Monks. You might work in the kitchen, preparing the food, or you might clean the dishes after the meals.


Should I be a Monk?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Buddhist Monk

    How to become a Monk

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