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Embalmer, Licensed Embalmer, Trade Embalmer

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What they do:
Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.
On the job, you would:
  • Conform to laws of health and sanitation and ensure that legal requirements concerning embalming are met.
  • Apply cosmetics to impart lifelike appearance to the deceased.
  • Join lips, using needles and thread or wire.



  • customer service
  • management

Math and Science

  • chemistry
  • psychology

Arts and Humanities

  • English language
  • philosophy and religion

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



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • HMIS Advantage
  • Twin Tier Technologies MIMS

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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