Associate degree jobs that pay well
"The good news is that you're always going to have a market," says Shatkin. The bad news is that you work with the dead. Those who can stomach the job (and pass the licensing exam) will be rewarded with a median salary of $52,210, the opportunity for self-employment and limited student loan debt since the job requires a two-year mortuary degree to break in and, in most states, a one-year paid apprenticeship. Additional licensure is required for directors who want to embalm.
According to Shatkin, future funeral directors won't have to look too hard for a job. "There are a whole bunch of baby boomers who are getting up there in age," he says. "It's always something that people are going to need."