Live a life of prayer and service.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$23,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nuns do?

Often, you may think that whatever you try to do for the world, it’s simply not enough to accomplish any good. Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” As a Nun, you devote your life to religious service, and to being a constant part of positive change where the world needs it most.

No matter what religion you’re a part of—Christian, Catholic, Jain, Buddhist—there’s likely to be a Nun position for you as long as you’re a devout follower. The sacred vow of poverty, celibacy, and obedience that you take is a promise to your faith as well as to yourself. When donning your sacred garb as a Nun, you enter much more than a career path; you take on a completely new way of life.

At first, the spiritual life may be hard to get used to, especially if you choose to be cloistered and never leave the abbey walls. But every action of sacrifice carries with it a positive reaction. Hours of reflection, prayer, and study help you achieve greater enlightenment. The close-knit community you’re part of is a grounded support system that serves to bolster your spiritual well-being.

Serving others is one of the greatest virtues, and something you do daily. You take to the streets—dressed in a habit, of course—and work with the sick, homeless, and impoverished. Your weekly agenda might cover a few visits to a hospital, a soup kitchen, and a homeless shelter to offer assistance and spread the kindness of your faith. With a life dedicated to serving others, you’re sure to make a valuable impact.

Should I be a Nun?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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