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Funeral Workers prepare bodies for viewing and burial, arrange and conduct funerals, and perform other specialist funereal services.
Plans and coordinates arrangements for funerals according to the wishes of the deceased or their relatives. Registration or licensing may be required.
Includes Embalmer, Funeral Director's Assistant. Registration or licensing may be required.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very small occupation employing 1,700 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 1,900. Around 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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Funeral Directors usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Funeral Workers usually need a Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Funeral Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic, physically fit and can interact well with others.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for ways to help people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.
Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How often do you use electronic mail?
How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?
How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.