Funeral Workers (Other) includes jobs like Embalmer, and Funeral Director's Assistant.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Tasks

    • Interviews families and associates of the deceased to assist with funeral arrangements such as the selection of coffin, type of service and publication of death notices.
    • Advise on funeral costs and welfare provisions.
    • Collects bodies from mortuaries.
    • Ensures death certificates have been issued, burial and cremation certificates processed and that other legal requirements are met.
    • Prepares bodies for viewing and burial by washing, draining body fluids, applying padding and cosmetics, dressing bodies and placing them in coffins.
    • Liaise with clergy, cemetery and crematorium staff.
    • Co-ordinates the movement of coffins and funeral cars, arranges floral displays and collects attendance and tribute cards.
    • Arranges the placement of coffins at funeral sites, and the placing and adjusting of floral displays and lighting.
    • Keeps records and accounts of transactions and services performed.
    • May arrange the construction of memorials and the disposal of ashes.

    More about Funeral Workers

    All Funeral Workers

    • $1,275 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Funeral Workers (Other)

    • 810 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 47% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 42% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Funeral Workers (Other) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 670 in 2011 to 810 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Funeral Workers (Other) work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (47%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (71%).
    • Gender: 42% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services97.9
    Public Administration and Safety0.9
    Wholesale Trade0.5
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.4
    Other Industries0.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFuneral Workers (Other)All Jobs Average
    NSW26.131.6
    VIC28.925.6
    QLD13.720.0
    SA12.67.0
    WA14.210.8
    TAS3.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFuneral Workers (Other)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.7-5.05.0
    20-243.8-9.39.3
    25-349.6-22.922.9
    35-4415.1-22.022.0
    45-5426.2-21.621.6
    55-5910.9-9.09.0
    60-6415.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over17.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFuneral Workers (Other)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV26.6-21.121.1
    Year 1220.9-18.118.1
    Year 118.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below23.5-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Funeral Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Funeral Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic, physically fit and can interact well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      90% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Chemistry

      65% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    3. Clerical

      63% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      61% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. English Language

      60% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      100% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Contact With Others

      98% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Frequency of Decision Making

      98% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      96% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-4031.00 - Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors.

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