Embalmers

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About the Job

Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.

It is also Called

  • Trade Embalmer
  • Supervisor and Licensed Embalmer and Crematory Operator
  • Restorative Art Embalmer
  • Preparation Room Manager
  • Prep Room Supervisor
  • Manager, Embalmer, Funeral Director
  • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
  • Licensed Embalmer Supervisor
  • Licensed Embalmer
  • Funeral Service Practitioner/Embalmer
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What They Do

  • Assist coroners at death scenes or at autopsies, file police reports, and testify at inquests or in court, if employed by a coroner.
  • Press diaphragm to evacuate air from lungs.
  • Supervise funeral attendants and other funeral home staff.
  • Direct casket and floral display placement and arrange guest seating.
  • Arrange for transporting the deceased to another state for interment.
  • Perform special procedures necessary for remains that are to be transported to other states or overseas, or where death was caused by infectious disease.
  • Arrange funeral home equipment and perform general maintenance.
  • Conduct interviews to arrange for the preparation of obituary notices, to assist with the selection of caskets or urns, and to determine the location and time of burials or cremations.
  • Serve as pallbearers, attend visiting rooms, and provide other assistance to the bereaved.
  • Assist with placing caskets in hearses and organize cemetery processions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2011, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $40,840 with most people making between $28,870 and $47,190

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 70 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 70 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 3 replacement openings for approximately 4 total annual openings.



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