Become A Funeral Director
Why become a Funeral Director?
The Benefits of Being a Funeral Director
The job of a funeral director is one of the most rewarding careers there is. Just ask any funeral director – they’ll gladly tell you that becoming a funeral director was one of their best decisions! Funeral directors have the liberty of working closely with families to serve their needs in their most difficult time, providing the highest standard of care, organizing personalized and memorable events, and ensuring that all the necessary paperwork and bookings are completed to seamlessly assist a family in paying tribute to their loved one. Funeral directors serve the vital and unique role of providing not only care for the deceased but also support and guidance for the living family and friends.
What is the Average Salary of a Funeral Home Director?
The average salary for a funeral director in the United States is roughly $52,165. Depending upon the level of experience, state you live in and role at the funeral home, a funeral director’s salary can greatly vary. For instance, an apprentice funeral director with minimal experience could start out by earning roughly $27,000 per year. At the other end of the spectrum, a funeral director in a management role with many years of experience could earn around $80,000. If a funeral director owns their own funeral home, the earnings could be even greater.
What is a Funeral Director?
A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funeral service. Their responsibilities may include:
- Providing support to the bereaved during initial grief period
- Arranging and directing funeral ceremonies
- Arranging for the transfer of the deceased from the place of death
- Preparing the decedent in accordance with his/her wishes
- Securing vital statistic information and filing necessary forms and legal documents
- Filing death certificates and other legal documents
- Assistance in filing death benefit claims
- Providing after-care support and counseling resources
Job Outlook in the Death Care Profession
The job market for funeral directors is currently an enticing one. The profession is seeing steady growth and it is predicted to continue to grow in the future. Although the job is a demanding one, the potential reward is also high. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics is an excellent resource for exploring the current job outlook and wages for funeral directors by state and region. The state of Ohio, in particular, has a high employment rate for funeral directors, as well as a higher than average mean funeral director salary.
CCMS Prepares You to Be the Best Funeral Director Possible
Our rigorous curriculum and opportunity for hands-on experience goes above and beyond the standards required for regional and professional accreditation. Our vision remains to prepare you to become a leading funeral service professional – this is what drives us to continually exceed the education standards.
At CCMS you learn from the best, you benefit from learning opportunities that are unique to our mortuary science program, and you learn under the guidance of actively licensed funeral directors and those Certified in Thanatology. The extensive hands-on experience you will receive in our private on-site embalming lab, restorative art lab, and dissection lab has yet to be duplicated by any other mortuary science educator and is what gives CCMS alumni their distinction.
We take it a step further to assure you emerge with the advantage over your competition through professional certifications as part of your curriculum. Certifications include Funeral Celebrant, Crematory Operator, and Disaster Management Response. Additionally, our Bachelor program co-op curriculum allows you to put your practical skills to work under the mentorship of a licensed funeral director preceptor in a funeral home. While at CCCMS, students also have opportunities to work and live in area funeral homes.
When it comes to student success, our reputation and statistics speak for themselves! CCMS is proud of our students’ 96% graduation rate and 94% employment rate post-graduation!
Should you have any questions about becoming a funeral director, or about CCMS in general, we invite you to contact our Admissions Director or one of our experienced faculty or staff, many of whom are actively licensed funeral directors
How to Become a Funeral Director?
The process of becoming a funeral director is similar to many other professional careers. First, it begins by enrolling in a university or college program. After that education is complete, you will need to complete a mortuary science education at a school such as ours. From there you will begin your career as an apprentice gaining valuable experience and skills on the job
Regardless of which state you choose to seek employment in, it is important to ensure you meet the licensing requirements of that state. The requirements vary by state; many require the following:
- Earning a high school diploma or equivalent
- Earning an Associate Degree, or its credit hour equivalent, a portion of which is in funeral service education (currently two states require a Bachelor Degree)
- Completing an internship or apprenticeship ranging from one to three years
- Passing a state and/or national board licensing examination(s)
- Many states require that funeral directors meet continuing education requirements to maintain licensure
To review each state’s licensing requirements, please visit the NFDA website for more information.
What is Included in Funeral Director Education?
A funeral director’s education is a mix of theoretical and practical learning. At CCMS, our students spend time each week developing hands-on skills in one of our three clinical laboratories. In addition to this practical experience, you will also spend time in the classroom learning from faculty with real-world experience. The training prepares you to handle all aspects of the job from legal documents to helping families with celebrant services.
Licensing requirements vary by state. Check with the state board in which you intend to become licensed for licensing and continuing education requirements for funeral directors and embalmers.