Embalmers

Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.

Median Annual Wage: $41,720

Education: Associate's degree (52%); Bachelor's degree (35%); Post-secondary certificate (13%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Embalmer; Licensed Embalmer; Apprentice Embalmer; Preparation Room Manager; Funeral Service Licensee; Assistant Manager/Embalmer; Associate Embalmer/Funeral Director; Chief Embalmer; Embalmer/Funeral Director; Funeral Director/Embalmer

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  • Conform to laws of health and sanitation and ensure that legal requirements concerning embalming are met.
  • Close incisions, using needles and sutures.
  • Attach trocar to pump-tube, start pump, and repeat probing to force embalming fluid into organs.
  • Wash and dry bodies, using germicidal soap and towels or hot air dryers.
  • Join lips, using needles and thread or wire.
  • Incise stomach and abdominal walls and probe internal organs, using trocar, to withdraw blood and waste matter from organs.
  • Reshape or reconstruct disfigured or maimed bodies when necessary, using dermasurgery techniques and materials such as clay, cotton, plaster of Paris, and wax.
  • Pack body orifices with cotton saturated with embalming fluid to prevent escape of gases or waste matter.
  • Make incisions in arms or thighs and drain blood from circulatory system and replace it with embalming fluid, using pump.
  • Maintain records such as itemized lists of clothing or valuables delivered with body and names of persons embalmed.
  • Apply cosmetics to impart lifelike appearance to the deceased.
  • Perform the duties of funeral directors, including coordinating funeral activities.
  • Insert convex celluloid or cotton between eyeballs and eyelids to prevent slipping and sinking of eyelids.
  • Remove the deceased from place of death and transport to funeral home.
  • Assist with placing caskets in hearses and organize cemetery processions.
  • Serve as pallbearers, attend visiting rooms, and provide other assistance to the bereaved.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arrange for transporting the deceased to another state for interment.
  • Direct casket and floral display placement and arrange guest seating.
  • Supervise funeral attendants and other funeral home staff.
  • Press diaphragm to evacuate air from lungs.

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  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Embalmers.

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