Cremator

Burn deceased bodies.
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Quick Stats


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Good

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cremators do?

While some people choose to be buried after death, others opt for cremation. A Cremator runs a large incinerator that reduces the body to ashes. Cremators sometimes work with grieving survivors, but for the most part, they focus on the deceased person, fulfilling that final wish with precision.

If you’re a Cremator and your office is connected to a funeral home, you help guide grieving people to their seats before memorial services, and then you attend to your job. If you work in a separate location, you drive to hospitals or nursing homes to pick up bodies and bring them back.

Each person is cremated separately, and you perform the same steps for each body. First, you make sure the person is wearing no rings or jewelry that could be damaged by cremation. Then, you place the casket in the cremator and turn it on.

Each person takes a slightly different amount of time to process, and you watch the incineration closely. Once the process is complete and the ashes have cooled, you sift the ashes though a screen to remove any large pieces, and you place them in an urn.

Running a cremation is typically not dangerous, but it does require precision. Setting the controls too high or too low could result in unusable ashes. You have only one chance to get the process right, obviously, so you take extreme care in your work.

At the end of each cremation, you clean the machine completely. Often, you have a significant amount of paperwork attached to each person, which you fill out carefully.


Should I be a Cremator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Crematory Operator

    How to become a Cremator

    Most Cremators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pndaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2817%25%29|associate%27s+%2814%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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