Utah is known for the largest population of Mormon followers in the U.S. According to a study conducted in 2010 by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints comprised the majority membership in Utah, with at least double the number of adherents of all other faith groups in the state. With such a sizeable Mormon population, Utah has historically become increasingly accommodating to this denomination, often developing religious customs and regulations that are largely applicable only to the state’s permanent residents.
Between 2000 and 2010, the state of Utah also opened nearly 1,000 new congregations specific to Latter-Day Saints worshippers, according to the ARDA.
Education in Utah
Housing the nation’s largest Mormon population, naturally Utah is also home to a number of faith-based colleges and universities. Provo’s Brigham Young University is one of the nation’s most recognized faith-based institutions, offering a wealth of online course options, as well as a variety of campus-based degree programs. BYU accommodates both traditional majors in business, arts and sciences, fine arts, physical science, linguistics, and philosophy, among many others. This university also offers immersive programs within its Missionary Training Center.
BYU and other Christian colleges in Utah aim to serve those seeking integrative faith-based education, and stand behind the belief that students who learn to integrate a Christ-centered faith and value system into their academic career should duly conduct their work and personal lives by this system as well.
Utah Christian colleges are typically concentrated in larger cities, however many exist all over the state, serving varied populations of dedicated followers, large and small.
Working in Utah
The working class in Utah are essential to the state’s large construction, production, and manufacturing industries, especially brickmasons, blockmasons, and carpenters. The U.S. Census Bureau cites the educational services, and health care and social assistance industry as employing almost a quarter of all workers in Utah from 2007-2011. Most of these jobs were occupations in the management, business, science, and arts sector, also according to the Bureau.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services confirms the fastest-growing jobs in the state between 2010 and 2020 include biomedical engineers, personal care aides, and brickmasons and blockmasons, respectively, just to name a few.
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