Career Options

Careers for Youth and Family Ministries Majors

  • Youth Minister
  • Urban Ministry Administrator
  • Director of a Faith-based Organization
  • Missional Community Leader
  • Chaplain
  • Director of a Youth-focused Nonprofit Organization
  • School Athletic Coach
  • Pastor
  • Counselor
  • Camp director

Starting Salary1

A youth ministry degree graduate's typical starting salary is $39,445. The typical salary after 10-19 years is $48,783.

Successful Alumni

  • Director, Spectrum Ministries
  • Junior High Director, First Baptist Church, Cambridge, Minnesota
  • Youth Pastor, Springdale Pentecostal Church
  • Special Events Coordinator, Eastside Academy (alternative high school)
  • Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Meridian Assembly
  • Lead Director, Gettysburg Master’s Commission
  • Lead Pastor, Southridge Community Church, Spokane, Washington
  • Supervisor and Manager, Clinical Pastoral Education Programs, Community Hospital Campuses, Baylor Healthcare System
  • Author: Music, Lyrics, and Libretto, Amazing Grace: The True Story (musical)

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


  1. Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit
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