Funeral Director Career
The US Department of Labor estimates the employment of funeral service workers will grow at an average rate of 12% per year between now and 2022.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites median income for funeral service directors at $68,420 per year and projects a need for 3,200 new funeral service directors by 2022.
Funeral Service Director Tasks
Among the funeral service director’s key task areas:
- Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
- Direct and supervise work of embalmers, funeral attendants, death certificate clerks, cosmetologists, or other staff.
- Monitor funeral service operations to ensure that they comply with applicable policies, regulations, and laws.
- Negotiate contracts for prearranged funeral services.
- Offer counsel and comfort to families and friends of the deceased.
- Plan and implement changes to service offerings to meet community needs or increase funeral home revenues.
- Plan and implement sales promotions or other marketing strategies and activities for funeral home operations.
- Schedule funerals, burials, or cremations.
- Sell funeral services, products, or merchandise to clients.
- Complete and maintain records such as state-required documents, tracking documents, or product inventories.
- Identify skill development needs for funeral home staff.
Funeral Service Director Tools
Among the tools funeral service directors use in their daily work:
- Autopsy tables or accessories
- Body bridges
- Embalming tables
- Mortuary dressing tables
- Mortuary operating tables
- Cadaver carriers
- Cremation stands
- Mortuary cots
- Cadaver lifter or transfer devices
- Casket carriages
- Casket lowering devices
- Pallbearer casket carriages
- Vault lowering devices
- Container trailers
- Dump trailers
- Conveyor roller
- Mortuary roller systems
- Dating or numbering machines
- Numbering machines
- Embalming vein drainage tubes
- Jugular drain tubes
- Mortuary aspirators
- Electric mortuary aspirators
- Hydro-electric aspirators
- Mortuary packs Mouth formers
- Protective gloves
- Nitrile gloves
- Protective latex gloves
- Surgical trocars
Source: US Department of Labor O*NET