Funeral Service Technology

The Funeral Service Technology associate degree program at East Mississippi Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747. Web:

Graduates are eligible to become nationally certified by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Additionally, EMCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404.679.4500, to award the Associate's Degree.

The curriculum is a two-year program of study.

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Graduates are qualified to become funeral service practitioners who are duel licensed as embalmers and funeral directors. Practitioners prepare and preserve the body before interment. Other common duties include meeting with families, helping families plan services, planning and organizing various types of services, placing obituary notices in newspapers and handling paperwork. Many practitioners have opportunities to own their own business.
Additionally, graduates may look for careers with funeral service or allied mortuary careers such as burial insurance, casket sales representatives, burial vault, and other funeral related merchandise and equipment manufacturing companies. There are also positions such as autopsy assistants, pathology assistants, forensic field investigators, as well as licensed entities which deal with tissue and organ procurement. For these jobs, the degree received through a funeral service technology program often is sufficient for entry-level employment with some of these allied entities.
Lastly, many entrepreneurial-minded graduates may choose to utilize entities such as florists, perpetual care cemeteries, monument companies, cremation care, removal, and embalming services as an initial business activity before expanding such into a traditional full-service funeral home operation. And for some who have access to capital, there is the opportunity to purchase a funeral home from a current owner desiring to sell or who does not have family interest in continuing the business.
The employment outlook for funeral service practitioners according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of morticians, undertakers and funeral directors is expected to grow by 7% from 2014-2024. The median yearly salary of funeral practitioners is $45,960, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Experience, level of employment, and geographical location influence the earning potential. Those who own their own funeral homes and are very successful can earn much more. Benefits may include paid holidays and vacations, health insurance, and pension plans.
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