Does Jill Duggar’s Husband Derick Dillard Have a Job?

Big scandals combined with ultra-conservative politics have made the Duggars one of the most controversial families on television. And two of the most hated members of the Duggar clan are Jill Dillard (formerly Jill Duggar) and her husband Derick Dillard.

The Dillards have been married since 2014 and have two children. Jill became famous for 19 Kids and Counting, the TLC show she appeared on with her parents and 18 siblings. That show was canceled in 2015 following the revelation that her older brother Josh had molested several of his siblings. Jill went on to appear in the new spin-off show Counting On, along with her husband. But the couple left the show in 2017 after Derick made controversial remarks about transgender TLC star Jazz Jennings.

What does Derick Dillard do for a living?

Jill and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard in 2014 |D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Since leaving Counting On, fans have wondered what the Dillards do for a living. We know that Jill is a stay-at-home mom, but what about Derick?

Derick has had several jobs since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2011 with a degree in accounting. First, he spent two years doing missionary work in Kathmandu, Nepal. While there, he worked as a volunteer coordinator for people who traveled to the country to help Tibetan refugees.

In 2014, Derick moved back to his home state of Arkansas and took a job working as a tax accountant at Walmart. He and Jill married that same year. But his career at Walmart didn’t last long. By 2015, he’d left the mega-retailer and relocated with his wife and newborn son to El Salvador, where they worked as missionaries. The family returned to the U.S. in 2017.

After coming back to the U.S., Derick began working as the resident missions minister for Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. In 2018, he graduated from the church’s school of ministry and earned his minister’s license.

Derick is now in law school

Shortly after wrapping up his time in ministry school, Derick headed back to the classroom. Currently, he’s enrolled in law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, according to his LinkedIn profile. He expects to graduate in 2021.

For most people, attending law school is a full-time job. Derick doesn’t have any other current employment listed in his online profile, so it seems that his career at the moment is being a student.

Based on his Instagram, Derick seems to be enjoying his time in law school. He recently shared a photo from a tour of the federal public defender’s office in Arkansas. He’s also shared photos of his participation in his school’s spirit week and noted that he’d enjoyed attending a lecture by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas back in October.

A recent tweet from Derick offered some insight into the issues he’s interested in as a law student. He commented on a class discussion of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, writing that he was “Grateful for the evolution of science over the past 46 yrs, to better determine and communicate when life begins, so that we can be sure everyone’s rights are protected.”

As for what the family plans to do after Derick earns his, J.D., that remains to be seen. For now, they are “look[ing] forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter of life!” according to their family blog.