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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 assisting with funeral services.

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

  • 6683.3: Funeral Attendants

2006 NOC-S

  • G983: Other Elemental Service Occupations

2011 NOC

  • 6742: Other service support occupations, n.e.c.

2016 NOC

  • 6742: Other service support occupations, n.e.c.

2021 NOC

  • 65329: Other service support occupations
Duties
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Funeral attendants assist funeral directors. They may arrange for the transfer of 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 seats for a service
  • Assist in closing the casket and carrying flowers to the funeral coach or limousine
  • Help mourners into and out of the funeral limousine and drive funeral procession vehicles
  • Assist the funeral director at graveside services
  • 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 22, 2023
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Funeral attendants work both indoors and outdoors. Working hours may be on a part-time or on-call basis. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is often required. Funeral attendants may participate in transferring human remains into care requiring heavy lifting and use of stretchers. Remains may have to be transferred into care at any hour.

Heavy lifting of over 50 kg is required.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Funeral Attendants

2006 NOC: 6683.3

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Funeral attendants need:

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

They should enjoy helping people and being methodical in their work.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Other service support occupations, n.e.c.

2016 NOC: 6742

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 74 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 02, 2021 and Mar 03, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Maintain work areas
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Flexibility
Construction Specialization: Team player
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Construction Specialization: Effective interpersonal skills
Tasks: Deal with public
Experience: Experience an asset
Computer Systems: Valid driver's licence
Construction Specialization: Excellent oral communication
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • Minimum Education Varies

Funeral attendants are trained on the job. This position may be filled by those individuals who are already working toward their professional license, or by those who enjoy the work but do not intend to pursue licensing. 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.

A non-graduated class 5 driver’s license will be required by most funeral homes.


Related Education

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

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 22, 2023
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Funeral attendants work 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.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 6742: Other service support occupations, n.e.c. occupational group, 75.9% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 6742: Other service support occupations, n.e.c. occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.7% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 78 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 22, 2023

Salaries for funeral attendants average $33,319 a year (2022 estimate).

As of June 26, 2019, the minimum wage in Alberta is $15.00 per hour for most workers. For more information, see Minimum Wage.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Other service support occupations, n.e.c.

2016 NOC: 6742
Average Wage
$20.08
Per Hour
Average Salary
$33,319.00
Per Year
Average Hours
32.1
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6742 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $25.96 $17.56 $16.35
Overall $15.00 $28.85 $20.08 $18.00
Top $16.00 $32.05 $22.81 $22.00

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

ALL INDUSTRIES
Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Information, Culture, Recreation
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Health Care & Social Assistance
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
55%
55%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
20%
20%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
8%
8%
Vacancy Rate
3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 22, 2023

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 22, 2023. 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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