Other Mortuary Sciences
Types of Degrees Other Mortuary Sciences Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many other funeral service and mortuary science graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Other Mortuary Sciences Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other mortuary science and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Other Mortuary Science Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other mortuary science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- 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.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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 Other Mortuary Science Majors
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to other mortuary science:
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- 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.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Abilities for Other Mortuary Science Majors
A major in other mortuary science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
What Can You Do With a Other Mortuary Sciences Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with other 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 Other Mortuary Sciences?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other mortuary science majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||2|
|Hispanic or Latino||0|
How Much Do Other Mortuary Sciences Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $57,620 to $93,820 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other mortuary science. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Other Mortuary Sciences
Some degrees associated with other mortuary science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 other mortuary science have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||4.0%|
|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)||8.4%|
|Some College Courses||3.6%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||68.0%|
|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.||5.2%|
|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.||6.0%|
Online Other Mortuary Sciences Programs
In the 2019-2020 academic year, 4 schools offered some type of other funeral service and mortuary science program. 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)||0||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||0||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Other Mortuary Sciences Worth It?
The median salary for a other 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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Trades Related to Other Mortuary Sciences
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other mortuary science.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|General Funeral Service & Mortuary Science||1,658|
|Mortuary Science & Embalming/Embalmer||105|
*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.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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