Not many people think about a career as a mortician, but it is in fact a very interesting career and one which is at the heart of any community, playing a very important role in providing dignity to the deceased and their friends and relatives.
6 interesting facts about mortuary sciences;
- You can become a mortician by undertaking an associate degree in mortuary science, although higher qualification levels are also available
- There is a predicted rise of 12% in funeral service sector jobs
- Approximate annual salary is in the region of $51,000
- Mortuary science courses cover anatomy, psychology, embalming, business and communication skills
- To gain employment as a mortician you often need to gain a licence
- Many morticians go on to own their own funeral parlours.
If you are interested in becoming a mortician it is important to make sure the course you take is accredited by the relevant body. An associate degree can take up to two years but you will also require practical work experience in this field, often within a funeral parlour. Often this experience can be gained alongside your studies. Once you are qualified you will also need to obtain a licence to practice and these often need to be renewed on a yearly basis.
Being a mortician is not for the faint hearted. Often you will need to work long unsociable hours. Preparing a body for a funeral is often quite gory, people may have died through terrible accidents and part of your job will be to present the body in the best possible way. this may involve using cosmetics and a wide range of materials to rebuild parts of the body which may be missing or disfigured. The work can be very emotional, not only are you dealing with the body of someone who has died but you also have to offer support to grieving family members.
Other aspects of the job may involve preparing the funeral service. This will involve working closely with family members to create a unique individualised funeral service. there is always lots of paperwork to fill out and legal responsibilities such as making sure the death certificate is correct and present.