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General Mortuary Science

1,097 Associates's Degrees Annually
145 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#41 in Popularity (Associate's)
$57,620 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Mortuary Science Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 1,097
Undergraduate Certificate 235
Basic Certificate 156
Bachelor’s Degree 145

What General Mortuary Science Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, general 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 General Mortuary Science Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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 General Mortuary Science Majors

When studying general mortuary science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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 General Mortuary Science Majors

As a general mortuary science major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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 General Mortuary Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with general 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 an Associate’s Degree in General Mortuary Science?

1,097 Associate's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 66% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Mortuary Science Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 172
Hispanic or Latino 129
White 746
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 40

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Mortuary Science. About 0.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Mortuary Science Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,640 to $93,820 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to general mortuary science. 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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Some degrees associated with general mortuary science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for general mortuary science careers below.

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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 General Mortuary Science Programs

In 2018-2019, 66 schools offered a general 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) 12 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 14 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 57 8
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 12 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 General Mortuary Science Worth It?

The median salary for a general 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 general mortuary science.

Major Number of Grads
Funeral Direction/Service 203
Mortuary Science & Embalming/Embalmer 83
Other Funeral Service & Mortuary Science 46

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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