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ISCO 08 Code 263       Social and religious professionals

Lead Statement

Social and religious professionals conduct research, improve or develop concepts, theories and operational methods, and apply knowledge related to human development, behaviour, beliefs, societies and economies. They provide services to support the social, emotional, spiritual and economic well-being of individuals and families in a community.

Tasks performed usually include:

  • formulating and applying solutions to present or projected economic, political or social problems;
  • researching into and analyzing past events and activities and tracing the origin and evolution of the human race;
  • studying mental processes and behaviour of individuals and groups;
  • providing social and spiritual services;
  • preparing scholarly papers and reports;
  • conducting religious services and perpetuating sacred traditions, practices and beliefs.

Included occupations

Occupations in this minor group are classified into the following unit groups:

  • 2631 Economists
  • 2632 Sociologists, anthropologists and related professionals
  • 2633 Philosophers, historians and political scientists
  • 2634 Psychologists
  • 2635 Social work and counselling professionals
  • 2636 Religious professionals


(NCvB; Mei 2010)