US: trends in makeup of funeral industry

The National Funeral Directors Association has indicated that 79% of this year's mortuary students are female, up from 35% in 1995, reflecting a nationwide trend of changes to the makeup of the funeral industry. The funeral industry is responding to chronic staff shortages and an aging workforce by recruiting a younger and more diverse workforce. An example in Vermont is the introduction of new and more affordable certificate programs leading to licensure.

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