Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a ceremony honoring a deceased person.
Funeral service workers are employed in funeral homes and crematories. They are often on call; irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, are common. Most work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.
An associate’s degree in funeral service or mortuary science is the education typically required to become a funeral service worker. Most employers and state licensing laws require applicants to be 21 years old, have at least 2 years of formal postsecondary education, have supervised training, and pass a state licensing exam.
The median annual wage for funeral home managers was $74,200 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers was $54,100 in May 2020.
Overall employment of funeral service workers is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Those who are licensed as funeral directors and embalmers and who are willing to relocate should have the best job opportunities.