Funeral directors and embalmers

Funeral directors and embalmers

NOC
6346

Funeral directors co-ordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

13
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$44,103
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

142
 

% Working Full Time

93%
 

% Working Full Year

79%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Funeral directors co-ordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial. Funeral directors and embalmers are employed by funeral homes.

Main Duties

Funeral directors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Consult with the family of the deceased regarding the nature of the funeral service, the disposition of the remains and funeral costs
  • Transfer, or arrange for the transfer of, the remains from the place of death to the funeral home
  • Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible
  • Issue death notices to newspapers
  • Oversee the preparation of the remains, plan and schedule funeral services, co-ordinate burials and cremations and complete legal documents
  • Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients
  • Manage funeral home operations including hiring and directing staff, maintaining financial records, preparing accounts and ordering merchandise
  • Supervise embalmers, funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff
  • May perform same duties as embalmers.

Embalmers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
  • Perform cosmetic and restorative work on human remains
  • Supervise funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff.

Also Known As

  • apprentice embalmer
  • embalmer
  • funeral director
  • mortician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a one- to two-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program is usually required for funeral directors.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program or Completion of a three-year college program is required for embalmers.
  • Funeral directors require licensure in most provinces and territories.
  • Funeral directors may be required to be licensed embalmers depending on provincial requirements.
  • Embalmers require licensure in all provinces.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

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33.3%
Female
66.7%
Male
Employment by age

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0.0%
15-24
23.3%
25-34
26.7%
35-44
20.0%
45-54
23.3%
55-64
6.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
10.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
13.8%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
69.0%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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100.0%
Other services (except public administration)
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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22.60%
Northeast
25.80%
Southeast
25.80%
Southwest
16.10%
Central
9.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$51,203
Southeast
$44,147
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$44,103

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$48,690

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$44,103

Newfoundland

$41,622

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$39,646

Canada

$49,015
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

13
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

12
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

46
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

4
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

40