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Also called: Apprentice Embalmer, Embalmer, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Licensed Embalmer

Where in the Army? In the Army: Mortuary Affairs Specialist

What they do:
Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.
On the job, you would:
  • Dress bodies and place them in caskets.
  • Conform to laws of health and sanitation and ensure that legal requirements concerning embalming are met.
  • Close incisions, using needles and sutures.


  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • biology
Safety and Government
  • law and government


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Custom Data Systems Sterling Enterprise Management Software
  • HMIS Advantage
Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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