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Career Tracks: Funeral Service Management

Duties

Graduates in this field may be required to:

  • transfer human remains from the place of death to the funeral home

  • sanitize, disinfect, temporarily preserve and restore human body remains

  • meet with a family and make funeral arrangements
     

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • work in funeral home / mortuary, hospital pathology lab

  • work with deceased persons who have contagious diseases

  • lifting (mechanical devices can be used to help with lifting)

  • work unsupervised
     

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • ability to work with people of various cultures

  • attention to detail

  • caring, sensitive, empathetic attitude

  • self-discipline

  • good oral and written communication skills
     

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for 2010-2012 PTC graduates, who found jobs in this field are as follows:

  • salary average: $54,330 per year according to the US Department of Labor. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,890, and the top 10 percent earned more than $98,340. You may view the most current Occupational Outlook statistics at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/funeral-directors.htm#tab-1.

  • placement rate:  93% for the 2011-2013 graduates

  • nationwide, Funeral Directors/Embalmers are expected to be in good demand for the next several years
     

Employers

Some recent graduates have found work at: