August 21st, 2008

Becoming a Mortician



Many careers are often chosen due to family history, a calling, or an extreme interest in the field. Some people say that having a morbid fascination with death also contributes to the desire to be a mortician; however, without these extremely important jobs, our burial processes would not exist.  

How does one become a mortician? Many people begin by interning or working for a funeral home in high school by completing basic tasks to get their feet wet in the field and gain valuable contacts for future networking. In order to review and verify the current requirements for a mortician’s license in your state, you can visit the National Funeral Directors Association’s website. After viewing this valuable website, you can determine the best method of gaining an education in the mortician field. The website is also a great resource for finding accredited colleges with the appropriate degree for the mortician’s license in your state. After your degree is obtained (depending on your state’s requirements), the National Board Examination is required before you can begin your career as a mortician. In some cases, you can apprentice during your degree path; however, visiting the NFDA’s website and contacting your state board will ensure that you have the best guidelines for becoming a certified mortician.  Gravesite Masters works closely with morticians and funeral directors as they provide complimentary services and products to their clients.

As a mortician, you can anticipate having a unique career; however, the consistency of working hours and a steady paycheck are out of your hands. Your hours and pay will be as unpredictable as the job itself. Typically, a mortician can achieve the following pay bracket: $26,470 to $85,910; however, people do not becoming morticians for the glory or money. The prime reasons for becoming a mortician are a sense of helping others through a difficult, trying time, preserving the memories of a passed loved one for their remaining family members, to continue a family legacy in the field, or many other personal reasons.


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