|Quick Facts: Funeral Directors|
|2010 Median Pay||
$54,330 per year
$26.12 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||29,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||18% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||5,300|
Funeral directors, also called morticians and undertakers, manage funeral homes and arrange the details of a funeral.
Funeral directors work mostly in funeral homes and crematories. They are often on call and work long hours, including nights and weekends. Most work full time.
An associate’s degree in mortuary science is the minimum educational requirement. All funeral directors must be licensed by the state in which they work.
The median annual wage of funeral directors was $54,140 in May 2010.
Employment of funeral directors is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who embalm and are willing to relocate should have the best job prospects.
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