posted March 15th, 2011 by admin
In order to understand how much a funeral director can make, one must understand the basic fundamentals of the position. A good funeral director must have excellent communication skills so that they can work well with grieving families, have general business skills and be able to handle stress well. Funeral directors usually arrange the obituary notices; organize the pallbearers; and schedule the opening and closing of the grave site.
In most states, it is required to have at least two years of formal education, be at least 21 years old, serve a 1-year apprenticeship and pass an examination. It’s important to check with the state in which you will be employed to find out the particular guidelines for becoming a funeral director. The courses required are varied due to the wide ranging services most directors must perform doing their duties. These are just the minimum requirements that must be met in most states.
Many times a funeral director must also be an embalmer. In most states you will need a license to do each, although some states require both licenses in order to become a director. Funeral directors can have a stressful schedule and can be on-call due to the nature of the job. Funeral directors can work up to six days a week in many locations.
The outlook for funeral directors is good. If a director is also an embalmer it is even better. Roughly 13% of all directors are self-employed. The overall aging of directors makes the prognosis for employment even better in the future.
A funeral director’s salary ranges from $29,000 to $92,000 annually depending on where you’re located. The median wage was $52,000 in 2008. The salary can also be based on services performed; number of facilities ran, years of experience and directors level of education. The projected employment outlook for a funeral director is to grow by 12% by 2018.