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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 not particularly concentrated in any state.

Funeral Director Job Market by State

State name Employed Funeral Directors
Texas 1,860
Florida 1,580
New York 1,550
California 1,440
Ohio 1,310
Pennsylvania 1,190
Illinois 1,110
North Carolina 1,030
Tennessee 900
Kentucky 870
Wisconsin 860
Massachusetts 840
Georgia 790
Indiana 770
Missouri 730
Michigan 660
Virginia 610
Iowa 500
New Jersey 480
Minnesota 480
Louisiana 450
Arkansas 390
Oklahoma 380
Mississippi 360
Kansas 340
Maryland 330
South Carolina 310
Washington 300
Nebraska 290
West Virginia 290
Colorado 230
Oregon 220
Arizona 210
Utah 170
Idaho 140
South Dakota 140
Nevada 130
New Hampshire 120
New Mexico 110
North Dakota 110
Maine 110
Montana 100
Vermont 80
Delaware 80
Wyoming 50
Alaska 30

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