What does a mortician do?
Mortician jobs may involve more than you realize. A mortician prepares a body for burial or cremation, helps families organize funerals, manages funeral logistics, and finalizes any necessary paperwork. Paperwork comprises preparing and filing the legal certificate of death, and may include writing an obituary and placing it in a local newspaper and on the funeral home website. A final packet with any keepsakes to the family may also be sent. After burial services, morticians collect plants, flowers, and cards delivered to the funeral home and bring them to relatives of the departed.
For those considering the profession of mortician, one of the main questions is, "How much does it pay?". According to payscale.com, the average mortician salary is $23,384 - $62,241. As of October 2010, the average earnings of morticians with less than one year of experience were $25,434 - $43,158. Of course, salaries for a mortician job are based on multiple factors including location, employer, level of experience, and qualifications.
Required Education for a Mortician
Most states require a license for a funeral director or mortician to perform a funeral director's functions and embalming. You can obtain this license at a mortician school found across the US, or even online. Any technical school search or guide can be used to locate one. Individual state sites can also be used to find information on requirements in each state. Evaluate mortician schools by checking accreditation, course requirements, internship placement, and continuing education.
Mortician School Costs
The cost of mortician school varies based on the type of degree sought and a student’s residency status (in-state or out-of-state tuition). An associate or two-year degree is the most common degree among morticians, although some have a bachelor’s degree that requires an additional two years. Another cost to consider is books. While attending a program, mortician students spend about $800 to $2,500 on books.
Financial aid is available to help fund mortician school. Grants and student loans are available from the government and private lenders as well as The American Board of Funeral Service Education, offering scholarships to students attending a funeral services program.
How to become a mortician?
The following is a basic guide to becoming a mortician:
1. Search through the National Funeral Directors Association Web site (see nfda.org) to find your state's educational requirements for a mortician's license.
2. Apply to any of the accredited colleges listed in the NFDA Web site.
3. After you have completed your degree work, take the National Board Examination.
4. Participate in an internship for one to two years before, during, or after attending college. The exact time depends on your state. Contact your state board early on for state-specific information.