Types of Jobs in the funeral service Industry
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
September 27, 2012
September 27, 2012
TYPES OF JOBS IN THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY
Thesis: Within the Funeral Industry, there are a multitude of jobs. I have chosen four, which I will discuss the qualifications needed for someone thinking of pursuing a career in these fields. The qualifications and requirements needed for someone to enter this field are detailed in this essay.
I. Funeral Directors
III. Chemical Engineers
IV. Cemetery Workers
A. Grave Diggers
B. Grounds Keepers
A mortician is responsible for arranging a funeral in accordance with the wishes of the deceased and his family. He takes into account every aspect of the funeral service and makes corresponding arrangements. He sets the date, time and place for the burial ceremony in accordance with the requests and requirements of the family members and arranges for pall bearers and flowers for the ceremony. The mortician makes preparations for presenting obituaries in newspapers or other media depending on client requests and confirms timings with the cemetery for burial. Casket decorations, flower arrangements and funeral procession details are part of mortician’s responsibilities. Specific job duties include arranging transport for shifting the deceased to the cemetery along with the family members and other funeral attendees; in case of wishes for burial or cremation in another state, the mortician makes necessary shipping arrangements to transport the body.
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Morticians need a license to do business. While licensure requirements may vary among states, most of them require candidates to hold a two-year or four-year college degree in mortuary science, complete an apprenticeship under the supervision of a licensed practicing mortician and pass licensing examination. Apart from educational qualifications, an individual must possess good business skills and the ability to empathize with and comfort grieving people.
Morticians maintain documentation of any embalming services delivered and keep a record of items such as ornaments accompanying the dead body. A mortician may also handle such tasks as applying for the death certificate, getting veteran privileges for dependents and fulfilling insurance or pension transfer requests.
An embalmer is required to embalm a body in order to preserve it. This process involves disinfecting the body and introducing embalming fluids into it to maintain tissue constitution. Embalmers may restructure the body to preserve its appearance. State regulations require embalming or refrigerating if the body has not been buried or cremated after a period of 24 hours.
To become a licensed embalmer, you need a certain set of skills stemming from educational and professional experience. This might include studies in the practice of psychology, business and speech, since you may spend time speaking with various funeral industry professionals and, at times, grieving friends and family. You must have the ability to lift bodies and other heavy materials, as well as work well with your hands.
Depending on the state, there may be special licensing requirements. In Washington State, you need at least four hours of AIDS training. In California, you must pass the science section of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards exam. In Florida, you are required to pass a course on communicable diseases and in Illinois; you must have taken at least one year’s worth of classes at an institution of higher learning.
What exactly is a chemical engineer Many would say that it is simply a "chemist who builds things" or an "engineer who makes chemicals. However, neither of these statements is completely true. The term "chemical engineer" is not meant to actually describe what it is a chemical engineer does, but to describe what sets it apart from the other branches of engineering: civil, mechanical, and ...
Chemical engineers combine the science of chemistry with the discipline of engineering in order to manufacture materials and products essential to modern society. They are involved with the full scale of processes from the laboratory bench to the pilot plant and eventually at the manufacturing facility.
How does chemical engineering differ from chemistry? Chemists discover the chemical reactions by which useful products may be made. Chemical engineers discover the processes and develop the equipment that allows the chemical reactions to work economically. The academic training of chemical engineers provides a strong background for a variety of areas, including:
· Process design
· Production engineering
· Research and development
· Environmental and waste management
Chemical engineering is particularly adaptable to solving the technological problems of modern society. Therefore, chemical engineers are often employed by the government and industrial firms. They make invaluable contributions to an improved quality of life by producing pharmaceutical products to cure diseases, fertilizers and pesticides to help feed a growing population, fabrics to clothe us, and petroleum products to warm our houses and move our cars. Chemical engineers also are deeply involved in preventing and treating pollution.
In addition to these key areas, chemical engineers are actively developing advanced materials used in the communications and space industries, food and beverage industries, and modern electronics.
A student interested in pursuing a career in chemical engineering should first of all be interested in mathematics and science, enjoy problem solving and troubleshooting, be decisive and innovative, and have excellent communication skills.
Chemical Engineer The chemical engineer is an invaluable link between scientific principles and manufacturing realities. It involves the use of chemical, physical, and engineering principles. The scientist in a laboratory does basic research to develop new compounds and processes. When the scientist discovers a product that may be useful, the chemical engineer takes over. They adapt the product ...
Chemical engineers have completed a four year college and have a BS degree. Some industries require a Master’s degree.
Cemetery workers are the least visible but still a large necessary position within the funeral industry. Some of the tasks they perform in addition to opening/closing a grave are grounds maintenance, building maintenance, head stone setting and leveling. Other duties could include Mausoleum cleaning.
The requirements for this position are not as extensive as other positions in the industry. A cemetery worker will need a High School diploma or GED. Clean driving record with valid license. Requires one to work weekends, holidays, and outside in all types of weather.
Of all the positions in the funeral industry, Funeral Directors’ are the most visible. As describe in this essay, they are the ones who work with the families to make arrangements, direct the funeral services, write obituaries, and ensure the family’s wishes are met.
I have chosen to pursue this field for this reason primarily and to add the Embalming position as well. As you can see the requirements are stringent, but the personal rewards are worth the sacrifices.