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Funeral & Mortuary Science

196 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#251 in Popularity
$57,620 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Funeral & Mortuary Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many funeral and mortuary science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 1,286
Undergraduate Certificate 311
Bachelor’s Degree 196
Basic Certificate 172

What Funeral & Mortuary Science Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, mortuary science majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Mortuary Science Majors

Mortuary Science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Mortuary Science Majors

mortuary science majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for Mortuary Science Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a mortuary science student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Funeral & Mortuary Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with mortuary science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Funeral Service Managers 7.0% $79,180
Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors 3.8% $52,650

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Funeral & Mortuary Science?

196 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
65% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 196 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in funeral and mortuary science in 2019, making it rank #251 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 65% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mortuary science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mortuary Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 11
White 151
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Mortuary Science. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Jamaica
  • Venezuela
  • Japan

How Much Do Funeral & Mortuary Science Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science have a median salary of $37,350 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $32,250 (25th percentile) and $41,325 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to mortuary science.

Salaries According to BLS

Mortuary Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $46,640 to $93,820 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with mortuary science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to mortuary science have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 9.4%
Some College Courses 2.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 64.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 13.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.5%

Online Funeral & Mortuary Science Programs

In 2018-2019, 77 schools offered a mortuary science program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 16 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 68 10
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 16 5
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Funeral & Mortuary Science Worth It?

The median salary for a mortuary science grad is $57,620 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 44% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $354,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mortuary science.

Major Number of Grads
Cosmetology 103,674
Culinary Arts 26,675
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

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