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Funeral Attendant

Funeral attendants perform a variety of duties. Duties fall into two main areas. One is maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment. The other is preparing for and conducting funeral services.

  • Avg. Salary $21,774.00
  • Avg. Wage $14.80
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 5,500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Funeral Home Attendant

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Funeral Attendants (6683.3) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Other Elemental Service Occupations (G983) 
  • 2011 NOC: Other service support occupations, n.e.c. (6742) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

22%
22%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Funeral Attendant is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Funeral Attendants
OBJECTIVE

Interest in driving hearses and other vehicles

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing to clean funeral parlours and chapels, and to arrange lights and floral displays

social

Interest in assisting to escort mourners; and in acting as pallbearers

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Funeral attendants assist funeral directors. They may transfer human remains from the place of death to the funeral home. They may place the casket in the visitation room or chapel before a prayer or funeral service. They also may:

  • Help set up services
  • Arrange floral displays and adjust lights around the casket
  • Usher mourners to church or chapel seats
  • Assist in closing the casket and carrying flowers to the funeral coach or limousine
  • Help mourners into and out of the funeral limousine
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles
  • Issue and store funeral equipment
  • Perform general maintenance duties

If there is a crematorium on the premises, funeral attendants may perform cremations. They also may process and package cremated remains.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Funeral attendants work both indoors and outdoors. Working hours generally are regular. However, evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required. Remains may have to be transferred into care at any hour.

Heavy lifting of up to 40 kg is required.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Funeral attendants need:

  • Emotional stability
  • Ability to communicate with people from many backgrounds
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to follow instructions

They should enjoy helping people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Funeral attendants are trained on the job. Those who wish to become licensed funeral directors or embalmers should enrol in a training program. Some training programs may require a high school diploma.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Mount Royal University

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Funeral attendants are employed in funeral homes. They may advance to clerical or administrative positions. Only licensed embalmers and students enrolled in an embalming education program may work in an embalming room.

Funeral attendants are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6742: Other service support occupations. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the G983: Other Elemental Service Occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 59 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Salaries for funeral attendants range up to $25,000 a year (2019 estimate).

Other service support occupations, n.e.c.

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.20 $17.00 $13.46 $12.50
Overall $12.20 $23.27 $14.80 $13.50
Top $12.25 $28.00 $17.33 $15.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Accommodation & Food Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Retail Trade
ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

62%
62%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

22%
22%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

6%
6%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA) website: www.afsa.ca

Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB) website: afsrb.ab.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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