Mortuary Cosmetologists

Cosmetologists Applies Makeup to Deceased

A mortuary cosmetologist is a licensed cosmetologist who performs a variety of cosmetic services to prepare a deceased person for funeral services. Sometimes called desairologists, mortuary cosmetologists are trained to use products to style or alter the hair, face, and nails to prepare a deceased person for viewing and/or burial. In doing so, mortuary cosmetologists may provide comfort to grieving family and friends by making their deceased loved one appear as they wish them to be remembered. Mortuary cosmetologists are primarily cosmetologists who provide this additional service when requested, although full-time careers can be made of mortuary cosmetology. Approximately 348,010 barbers, cosmetologists, hairstylists, and hairdressers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Desairologists
Duties Perform a variety of cosmetic services to prepare a deceased person for funeral services
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience as a general cosmetologist required
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Established Mortuary Cosmetologist
  • Entry-Level Mortuary Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetologist

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