Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 39-4031 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Obtain information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits. Oversee the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died. Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services. Plan, schedule, or coordinate funerals, burials, or cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery or the time and place of services. Perform embalming duties as necessary. Arrange for clergy members to perform needed services. Contact cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves. Provide information on funeral service options, products, or merchandise and maintain a casket display area. Close caskets and lead funeral corteges to churches or burial sites. Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible. Offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends. Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients. Maintain financial records, order merchandise, or prepare accounts. Provide or arrange transportation between sites for the remains, mourners, pallbearers, clergy, or flowers. Plan placement of caskets at funeral sites or place or adjust lights, fixtures, or floral displays.
License: This applicant should contact the Alabama Board of Funeral Services for application forms, procedures, and examination schedules. Application Fee: $100.00 Apprentice Application Fee: $20.00 License Renewal Fee: $100.00 Reciprocity Application Fees: $250.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.30   Entry $27,650.00
Mean $20.94   Mean $43,568.00
Experience $24.78 Experience $51,538.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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39-4031.00 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors