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Funeral Attendant

Funeral attendants perform a variety of duties in connection with preparing for and conducting funeral services, and maintaining funeral home facilities and equipment.

  • Avg. Salary $18,942.00
  • Avg. Wage $13.75
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
Also Known As

Funeral Home Attendant

NOC & Interest Codes
The Funeral Attendant is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Funeral Attendants
NOC code: 6683.3
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 Dec 19, 2016

Funeral attendants assist funeral directors. They may:

  • transfer human remains from the place of death to the funeral home
  • place the casket in the visitation room or chapel prior to a prayer or funeral service
  • 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 and process and package cremated remains.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

The work requires both indoor and outdoor activity. Working hours generally are regular although evening, weekend and holiday work sometimes is required. Remains may have to be picked up at any hour.

Heavy lifting over 20 kilograms is required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Funeral attendants need the following characteristics:

  • emotionally stable
  • in good health
  • able to communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • able to take instructions and carry them out.

They should enjoy helping people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Funeral attendants are trained on the job. Those who wish to become funeral directors or embalmers should have a high school diploma and enrol in a training program.

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

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 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 3,300 Albertans are employed in the Other elemental service occupations occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 59 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As funeral attendants form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for funeral attendants. 

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Salaries for funeral attendants range up to $25,000 a year (2008 estimate).

Funeral attendants are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6742: Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.).

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Other service support occupations, n.e.c. occupational group earned on average from $12.16 to $17.33 an hour. The overall average wage was $13.75 an hour. For more information, see the Other service support occupations, n.e.c. wage profile.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

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

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

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Updated Mar 09, 2016. 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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