Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

General Information

Description

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct individual 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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit71.99%
  2. Self-employed22.90%
  3. Private, not for profit2.12%
  4. State and local government1.44%
  5. Federal government0.70%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of funeral service workers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 4,000 openings for funeral service workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$54,100

State-by-state Salary

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$82,270
$25,220
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 72%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Some college 5%
  • Bachelor's degree 2%
  • Post baccalaureate 2%
  • High school 1%
  • First professional degree 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Psychology
  • Administration and Management
  • Sales and Marketing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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