Funeral Director

Organize funerals and wakes.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$30,000 – $99,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Funeral Directors do?

Funeral Directors, also called Morticians or Undertakers, play a vital role in comforting a grieving family and carrying out the deceased person’s last wishes. As a Funeral Director, you assume responsibility for preparing the body, making funeral arrangements, and submitting the proper forms for a death certificate. You also meet with clients who want to plan their funeral in advance. This significantly reduces the stress on their family in the future.

Work hours are unpredictable when you’re a Funeral Director. The funeral home has set hours, but you can receive a call about a recent death at any time of day or night. It’s important you retrieve the body immediately to prepare it, and ensure the person looks calm and peaceful for the upcoming funeral service. This process, known as embalming, should occur within a few hours after the person passes away to preserve the body. Seeing that their loved one is well cared for helps the family through the grieving process.

After collecting and preparing the body, you make arrangements for the funeral itself. Different religions and cultures follow varying traditions, and you know them all. You spend time scheduling the ceremony, ordering the flowers and decorations, and hiring people to prepare the burial site. Finally, you file paperwork for the person’s death certificate—a process required by law.

It may not be a job many think about on a daily basis, but Funeral Directors play a crucial role in any society. Comforting and compassionate, you help a family grieve properly so they can move on.

Should I be a Funeral Director?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Apprentice Funeral Director, Certified Mortician, Director, Funeral, Funeral Arrangement Director, Funeral Arranger See More

    How to become a Funeral Director

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