Funeral Direction

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
242
growing 19.2%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,070
declining 11.1%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$11,700
growing 0%
Average Wage
$52,968
growing 3.57%
People in Workforce
53,156
declining 0.347%
Average Employee Age
38.2
growing 0.813%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Funeral Direction degree recipients are Pittsburgh, PA, Hope, AR, and Detroit, MI. The locations with a relatively high number of Funeral Direction degree recipients are Jeffersonville, IN, Hope, AR, and Mountain Home, AR. The most common degree awarded to students studying Funeral Direction is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Funeral Direction and the types of students that study this field. Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc awards the most degrees in Funeral Direction in the US, but Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc and John A Gupton College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Funeral Direction.

Tuition costs for Funeral Direction majors are, on average, $7,070 for in-state public colleges, and $11,700 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Funeral Direction programs are Public, 2-year institutions (7 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 2-year (100 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Funeral Direction, is Private not-for-profit, 2-year (100 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,070
Median In-State Public
$11,700
Median Out of State Private

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc has the most Funeral Direction degree recipients, with 83 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Funeral Direction programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Inc has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Funeral Direction, with 73.5%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Funeral Direction

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Personal & Culinary Services graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Personal & Culinary Services majors is $52,968 and the most common occupations are Chefs & head cooks, Cooks, and Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

The industry that employs the most Personal & Culinary Services majors is Restaurants & Food Services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Computer Systems Design.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.
$52,968
Average Wage in Workforce
± $5,848
3.57%
1 Year Growth
± 14.3%

The average salary for Personal & Culinary Services majors is $52,968 and the most common occupations are Chefs & head cooks, Cooks, and Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Personal & Culinary Services majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Personal & Culinary Services majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Personal & Culinary Services majors, by number of employees, are Chefs & head cooks, Cooks, and Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Personal & Culinary Services majors working as Morticians, undertakers, & funeral directors, Chefs & head cooks, and Embalmers & funeral attendants.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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53,156
2020 Workforce
± 5,659
0.347%
1 Year Growth
± 15.1%

The number of Personal & Culinary Services graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 0.347%, from 53,341 in 2019 to 53,156 in 2020.

The largest single share of Personal & Culinary Services graduates go on to work as Chefs & head cooks (17.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Personal & Culinary Services by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.

The most common industries that employ Personal & Culinary Services majors, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services, Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories , and Traveler accommodation.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.
53,156
2020 Workforce
± 5,659
0.347%
1 Year Growth
± 15.1%

The number of Personal & Culinary Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.347%, from 53,341 in 2019 to 53,156 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Personal & Culinary Services graduates by share is Restaurants & Food Services, followed by Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories . This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Personal & Culinary Services.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Personal & Culinary Services majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Personal & Culinary Services in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Personal & Culinary Services is 38.2.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Personal & Culinary Services degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Personal & Culinary Services (194 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.
38.2
Average Age in 2020
± 1.23 Years
0.813%
1 Year Change
± 4.56%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Personal & Culinary Services. The most common ages of employees with this major are 32 and 30 years old, which represent 4.52% and 4.38% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Funeral Direction are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Personal & Culinary Services are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (58.7%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Funeral Direction.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    194 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    31 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    9 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Funeral Direction for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    49 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    47 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    4 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Associates Degree recipients in Funeral Direction. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Funeral Direction is from the 2 Digit Course Personal & Culinary Services.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    1,372 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    627 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    511 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. France
    6.48 times more than expected
  2. Italy
    3.71 times more than expected
  3. Thailand
    2.89 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in France that hold Personal & Culinary Services degrees (6.48 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (1,372 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Funeral Direction field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Funeral Direction majors need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Funeral Direction majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Social Perceptiveness.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Funeral Direction majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Service Orientation are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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