Mortuary Cosmetologists

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 684,200 cosmetologists and barbers work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification Required

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