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Morticians, Undertakers, & Funeral Directors

Also called: Funeral Arranger, Funeral Director, Licensed Funeral Director, Mortician

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What they do:
Perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.
On the job, you would:
  • Obtain information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits.
  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
  • Perform embalming duties as necessary.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • FuneralKiosk
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Custom Data Systems Sterling Management Software
  • FPA Software MACCS

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$50,090
per year, on average
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