Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
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Funeral service and mortuary science is a program that generally prepares individuals for careers in the funeral service industry and for licensure as funeral service directors or morticians. includes instruction in the basic elements of mortuary science and the business, counseling, and operational aspects of funeral service.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in funeral service and mortuary science at each level last year.
05001K2K2K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's Degree
People with this bachelor's degree have gone to work in these careers
Chefs and head cooksCooksMorticians, undertakers, and f...Food service managersHairdressers, hairstylists, an...First-line supervisors of food...Managers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of reta...Waiters and waitressesGeneral and operations manager...Wholesale and manufacturing sa...BakersElementary and middle school t...Janitors and building cleanersFood preparation workersRetail salespersonsFirst-line supervisors of non-...Marketing and sales managers
Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all funeral service and mortuary science graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 76% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 64% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in funeral service and mortuary science earned in the last academic year, 65% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 63% of other programs.
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Recommended careers
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study Cosmetology Services and Culinary Arts (which combines 7 programs). These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$32K$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50KAssociate's Degree
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$14K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate's Degree
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What careers are recommended with this degree?

Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our careers site and learn more about paths to your best career.

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Salary Spread
Salary distribution for people in this occupation
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
How much school?
Education level of people in this occupation
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Employed
The number of people employed in this occupation
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment for this occupation in 10 years
Annual Job Openings
The projected average number of job openings per year
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
$0$200K$53K
29,600
2.6%
3,600
Funeral Service Managers
$0$200K$79K
23,500
5.2%
1,900
Embalmers
$0$200K$44K
4,200
-1.9%
700
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What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer funeral service and mortuary science degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Amarillo College
TX
6,016
31.4
$5,670
49%
25%
American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service
NY
337
$17,431
57%
43%
American River College
CA
18,152
54.5
$6,834
38%
23%
Antilles School of Technical Careers
PR
499
68.7
$3,334
Arapahoe Community College
CO
5,036
49.4
$7,610
58%
24%
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
AR
991
23.2
$10,207
56%
54%
Bishop State Community College
AL
2,310
28.6
$4,708
16%
Chandler - Gilbert Community College
AZ
7,939
56.1
$8,129
50%
12%
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
OH
143
28.3
75%
78%
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
TX
299
100.7
$25,266
53%
40%
Community College of Baltimore County
MD
11,593
29.1
$8,678
48%
14%
Cypress College
CA
9,591
43.9
$6,303
50%
27%
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
TX
355
101.3
$15,933
51%
86%
Delgado Community College
LA
9,095
27.8
$8,957
54%
16%
Des Moines Area Community College
IA
14,505
41.7
$9,239
53%
23%
East Mississippi Community College
MS
4,077
44.5
$6,787
38%
34%
Eastwick College - Hackensack
NJ
435
95.6
$27,172
46%
65%
FINE Mortuary College
MA
62
55.0
$40,808
59%
45%
Fayetteville Technical Community College
NC
9,608
31.4
$6,482
33%
22%
Florida State College at Jacksonville
FL
16,445
47.9
$3,498
48%
34%
Explore similar programs

Funeral Service and Mortuary Science is part of a larger collection of programs: Personal Services. Is there a different program that's close to Funeral Service and Mortuary Science that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

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Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
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