Funeral Director Jobs - Are You
Interested in a Career As a Mortician?
By Alex Newman
Funeral directors can be known as morticians or
undertakers, and they are responsible for managing the
logistics and arrangements of funerals. A director may
put up funeral notices and place them in local
newspapers, arranging for a church service and a grave
opening, providing transportation for the deceased and
Other responsibilities of a funeral director can include
asking the family about their wishes of how they want
their loved one to be buried and the arrangements of the
funeral ceremony, in addition to establishing the time
and location of the burial and memorial services. It is
becoming increasingly common for morticians to offer
counseling services to the family of the deceased.
Funeral directors are licensed as embalmers, and they
will often prepare the bodies themselves although in
larger homes there may be morticians who specialize in
such procedures. When washing a body, it will usually be
cleansed with soap and then the blood will be replaced
with embalming fluid. After this has been completed, a
they will then transport the remains to a grave or
memorial service, at which point a ceremony will occur
and the grave will be closed.
Most funeral homes are family affairs and most
morticians will not work more than eight hours a day, 40
hours a week. Their hours may include nights and
weekends in order to properly care for the dead,
depending on the hours of funeral home operation.
Morticians are licensed by all states in America, and
requirements usually include being 21 years of age and
having two years of formal education as a funeral
director. The most common courses taken by an individual
in mortuary science will include anatomy, physiology,
involving techniques, body restoration, and accounting.
In 2006, these professionals had about 29,000 jobs in
America, with almost a fifth being self-employed, and
job prospects for the future in mortuary science are
promising due to an aging population in America.
In 2006, the middle 50th percentile of funeral directors
made between $37,000 and $65,000, with the highest paid
10% earning over $92,000 on median. Wages paid to these
persons will vary depending on experience and the
location of the home, with those working in larger
cities earning more than those in rural areas.
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