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What are some good careers for Seventh-day Adventists?


What are some good careers for Seventh-day Adventists? —High School Junior, 16, ME

Shayna Answers:

Dear High School Junior,

When it comes to choosing a career that allows people to flourish in their spiritual lives, many Seventh-day Adventists (SDAs) find satisfaction in careers in which they help people. Many SDAs choose service-oriented careers, such as teaching, health care, and other extensions of ministry. While some careers are more limiting than others, every career offers opportunities to share your faith and to minister to others. Actually, 1 Corinthians 12:12-28 says that God gives different talents to different people, which is what keeps the body of Christ (the church) and the larger society functioning.

So how do you choose what to do with your life? The first thing you should do is decide what your main interests are. In what subjects at school do you excel? Do you like being at a desk or being active? Do you prefer working with people or alone?

Your school might have a career inventory that can show you the different careers that are available. Perhaps a guidance counselor can help you narrow down some careers that incorporate your interests.

A good way to explore what you like is through volunteer work or an internship. For example, if you’re interested in nursing but don’t know if you can handle seeing the sight of blood, try volunteering at a local hospital. Or, if you want to go into the ministry, ask your pastor if you can follow him around for a day to find out what his workday is like. You can volunteer with children, at nonprofit organizations, or at a business in your town.

If the field you’re interested in doesn’t have a pre-arranged volunteer program for high school students, go ahead and call the organization. Ask if you can volunteer on a small project or can shadow someone for a day. If you’d like some help, your guidance counselor may also have some additional contacts to share with you.

A lot of high school students don’t decide what career to pursue until they are in college. If you find this to be your case, you can take a variety of  classes during your first year. Then follow the path that sparks your interest. In college you’ll have even more opportunities for internships.

The most important part of any career is being an example of God’s love to others. Matthew 5:13-16 says that we should be “salt” and “light” to those around us. And Ecclesiastes 9:10 says that whatever we do, we should do it with our might.

Remember that Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)* says that God knows the plans He has for us. So pray and ask God to guide your career choice. Ever heard of the prayer of Jabez? Read it in 1 Chronicles 4:10. It proves that if you ask God to bless you in whatever career He gives you, He will bless you more than you can imagine.

If you’d like to know more about what majors are offered at which colleges, go to and click on “Career” on the left side of our home page.

*Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

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