Funeral Director

Funeral directors also sometimes referred to as undertakers or morticians are the people who help the families of those who have deceased plan and coordinate funeral services. They are employed by funeral homes or may own their own funeral home and have many duties to fulfill in their role as funeral director. They meet with the family of the deceased to determine how the funeral will be performed which members of the clergy or others will officiate at the service and help the family choose the best option for final disposition of the remains. Funeral directors also help prepare obituary notices for newspapers schedule the opening and closing of graves with the cemetery prepare the sites for the funeral service at the funeral home and cemetery and arrange transportation of the remains the mourners and the flowers between the funeral home and cemetery. Most funeral directors are also in charge of the embalming of the deceased in which the remains are prepared to make them suitable for display at the funeral. By law funeral directors are required to hold a funeral directors license. Even though the laws vary slightly by state generally a person must be at least 21 years old have at least two years of education in mortuary science have fulfilled a 1-year apprenticeship program and pass a state board licensing exam in order to obtain a funeral directors license. If the funeral director will also be involved in the embalming process they must obtain an embalmers license in addition to the funeral directors license. The average salary for a funeral director is about $62000 per year but with experience funeral directors can earn nearly $100000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $62350
High Salary: $94000
Low Salary: $30700
Tasks: Oversees the preparation of deceased bodies.
Consults with families of the deceased to plan funeral service.
Plans, schedules, and coordinates funerals, burials, and cremations.
Completes legal documents such as death certificates and burial permits.
Also Called: Embalmer
Funeral Supervisor
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