Enrollment Rises At Mortuary Schools

April 1st, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by GD  

There has been a sudden rise in mortuary school enrollments in times of recession. The $11 billion industry was not seen as such a lucrative employer until people realized that death is a certainty even in the recession.

Many people laid off multiple times are now turning towards mortuary schools. Some like Emma White said they have found a passion in mortuary schools, “My thought was, either I do something that I really enjoy later on in life, or get back onto corporate America and have the same thing (a layoff) happen again.”

The funeral service industry is coming as a second close to the mortuary industry. Patty Hutcheson, President of Gupton Jones Funeral Service College said his college has seen a rise of up to 25% since the recession began and said it was normal in the current economic scenario. Many people who have lost their jobs are depending upon the certainty of death even in the uncertain recession and enrol in these colleges. Most such people are women.

When Maria Durden lost her trucking job last August she chose to enter the mortuary business because, as she says, “I’ve been intrigued with wanting to work with the deceased. My family said I would never have to worry about competition from them.”

Hutcheson warns people entering the business for money saying that this is not an industry that can guarantee big money. Instead one should look upon the industry as “something that they should enjoy doing.”

The recession has seen thousands of people being laid off.

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