Funeral Director Candidates

Good candidates for this job include people who have a healthy attitude toward death, are comfortable interacting with people at emotional times, want to help others, and are willing to work an unpredictable schedule that includes nights, weekends and holidays.

Preparatory Course Work

Preparatory course work for a career in funeral service includes psychology and human behavior, biology and life science, public speaking and business management.

Further Exploration

Meeting with your local funeral home is a great way to learn more about the day-to-day duties of a funeral director. Start by sending a letter of introduction. Follow up with a telephone call. The best time to call is usually mid-afternoon on weekdays. Also ask about part-time job at a funeral home.


Before they can be licensed, interns are required to:

  • Embalm at least 75 bodies
  • Arrange at least 25 funerals
  • Conduct at least 75 funerals

An internship may not exceed three years, although on occasion the state board will grant an extension.

Practicing in Other States

Some other states grant licenses to New Jersey funeral directors with no additional requirements. You should always check with the appropriate licensing authority before attempting to practice in any state other than the one in which you are licensed.

Mortuary Schools and Online Education Options

Accredited mortuary schools in the region include:

American Academy McAllister Institute
619 West 54th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Briarwood College
2279 Mount Vernon Road
Southington, Connecticut 06489

Mercer County Community College
Mortuary Science Program
P.O. Box B
Trenton, NJ, 08690
609.586.4800 ext. 3472

Mount Ida at New England Institute
777 Dedham St.
Newton, MA 02459

Nassau Community College
Mortuary Science Program
357 East Road
Garden City, NY 11530-6793

Northampton Community College
Funeral Service Program
3835 Green Pond Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
5808 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Simmons Institute of Funeral Service
1828 South Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13207

For more information about schools of mortuary science, scholarships, and funeral service as a career, contact:

The American Board of Funeral Service Education
38 Florida Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Funeral Service Foundation
13625 Bishop’s Drive
Brookfield, Wisc 53005-6607

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