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Funeral Directors

Funeral Directors
Quick Facts : Funeral Directors*
2010 Median Pay$54,330
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201229,300
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change5,300

Most funeral directors arrange the details and handle the logistics of funerals. Together with the family, they establish the locations, dates, and times of wakes, memorial services, and burials. They also handle other details such as determining whether the body should be buried, entombed, or cremated.

What Funeral Directors Do

  • Arrange transportation of the deceased
  • Prepare the remains (body)
  • Submit paperwork and legal documents
  • Consult with the deceased's family
  • Discuss and plan funerals with people who wish to arrange their own service in advance

Work Environment

Funeral directors work mostly in funeral homes and crematories. They are often on call and work long hours, including nights and weekends. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of funeral directors is expected to increase 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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The median annual wage of funeral directors was $54,140 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Funeral Directors

High school students can prepare for a job as a funeral director by taking courses in biology and chemistry and by participating in public speaking. An associate's degree in mortuary science is the minimum educational requirement. All funeral directors must be licensed by the state in which they work.
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