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Funeral Director Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 31,100 Funeral Directors in the United States. The Funeral Director job market is expected to grow by 6.7% between 2014 and 2024.

Funeral Director Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Funeral Directors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 8,900 Funeral Directors. That number is based on 2,100 additional Funeral Directors, and the retirement of 6,900 existing Funeral Directors.

Demand for Funeral Directors

Funeral directing is one of the industries that will always thrive, simply because death is a natural part life. In addition, as baby boomers increasingly prearrange their end-of-life service to ensure that their final wishes are met, demand for funeral directors may grow. The individuals in this occupation are older, on average, than workers in most other careers. Therefore, almost eighty percent of openings in the field will result from the retirement of current directors. These workers will, for the most part, be vacating senior roles which they have occupied for extended periods. Consequently, the best job prospects will belong to experienced job seekers who are licensed as both a funeral director and an embalmer and for certified crematory operators. Willingness to relocate should further enhance candidates’ employability. Although opportunities for entry-level candidates are expected to be minimal, a small number of positions have typically been created by graduates who leave the field not long after gaining licensure as funeral directors. This trend is projected to continue. Senior-level funeral directors may advance to positions as managers of large funeral homes or they may join the management teams of consortiums which own multiple homes. Operating one’s own business in this field is particularly expensive; however, this is yet another option for career funeral directors.

Supply of Funeral Directors

The Funeral Director industry is concentrated in Texas, New York, and Florida.

Funeral Director Job Market by State

State name Employed Funeral Directors
Texas 1,910
New York 1,570
Florida 1,470
Ohio 1,420
California 1,410
Pennsylvania 1,200
Illinois 1,070
North Carolina 980
Massachusetts 890
Wisconsin 870
Tennessee 840
Georgia 770
Kentucky 750
Indiana 740
Michigan 700
New Jersey 680
Missouri 680
Virginia 550
Minnesota 460
Iowa 460
Alabama 430
Oklahoma 380
Connecticut 360
Mississippi 360
South Carolina 350
Kansas 340
Louisiana 330
Arkansas 320
West Virginia 310
Maryland 290
Washington 280
Colorado 260
Arizona 250
Oregon 250
Nebraska 220
Utah 140
New Hampshire 140
Maine 120
South Dakota 120
Nevada 120
New Mexico 110
Idaho 100
Vermont 90
Montana 80
Rhode Island 70
Delaware 60
Wyoming 50
North Dakota 50
Alaska 30

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