What do they do?

Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Also known as:

Crematory Operator, Funeral Assistant, Funeral Attendant, Funeral Greeter, Funeral Home Assistant, Funeral Home Associate, Funeral Home Attendant, Funeral Service Attendant, Greeter

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Funeral Attendants is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • -2.2%


    Ranks #44 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (2%)
  • Master's degree  (5%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (17%)
  • Associate's degree  (17%)
  • Some college, no degree  (31%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (23%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (6%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Apply makeup to alter or enhance appearance.
  • Embalm corpses.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency.
  • Transport biological or other medical materials.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Provide escort or transportation.
  • Provide patrons with directions to locales or attractions.
  • Handle caskets.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Assist patrons with entering or exiting vehicles or other forms of transportation.
  • Prepare administrative documents.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Deliver items.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients.
  • Arrange items for use or display.
  • Direct funeral or mortuary activities.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Assign resources or facilities to patrons or employees.
  • Write informational material.
  • Maintain facilities.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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