Learn about the types of people who become funeral directors. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

77% of funeral directors work in full-time roles while 23% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a funeral director. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming funeral directors at a ratio of 1.18 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

54% of funeral directors are female and 46% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a funeral director and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a funeral director and those who end up becoming one.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of funeral directors are White, making up 80% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and Black or African American, making up 8% and 6% respectively.