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Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers - 39-4031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform various tasks to arrange and direct individual funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Funeral Arrangement Director
  • Funeral Arranger
  • Funeral Counselor
  • Funeral Director
  • Funeral Location Manager
  • Funeral Pre-Need Consultant
  • Funeral Prearrangement Counselor
  • Licensed Funeral Director
  • Licensed Mortician
  • Mortician

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-4000 Funeral Service Workers
39-4030 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers
39-4031.00 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Arrangers

Related Occupations


  • Arrange for clergy members to perform needed services.
  • Arrange for pallbearers or inform pallbearers or honorary groups of their duties.
  • Clean funeral home facilities and grounds.
  • Close caskets and lead funeral corteges to churches or burial sites.
  • Consult with families or friends of the deceased to arrange funeral details, such as obituary notice wording, casket selection, or plans for services.
  • Contact cemeteries to schedule the opening and closing of graves.
  • Direct preparations and shipment of bodies for out-of-state burial.
  • Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients.
  • Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible.
  • Maintain financial records, order merchandise, or prepare accounts.
  • Manage funeral home operations, including the hiring, training, or supervision of embalmers, funeral attendants, or other staff.
  • Obtain information needed to complete legal documents, such as death certificates or burial permits.
  • Offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends.
  • Oversee the preparation and care of the remains of people who have died.
  • Participate in community activities for funeral home promotion or other purposes.
  • Perform embalming duties, as necessary.
  • Plan placement of caskets at funeral sites or place or adjust lights, fixtures, or floral displays.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate funerals, burials, or cremations, arranging details such as floral delivery or the time and place of services.
  • Provide information on funeral service options, products, or merchandise, and maintain a casket display area.
  • Provide or arrange transportation between sites for the remains, mourners, pallbearers, clergy, or flowers.
  • Receive or usher people to their seats for services.
  • Remove deceased remains from place of death.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arrange facility schedules.
  • Arrange items for use or display.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Direct funeral or mortuary activities.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients.
  • Embalm corpses.
  • Gather information in order to provide services to clients.
  • Handle caskets.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Perform human resources activities.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Provide escort or transportation.
  • Supervise service workers.
  • Train service staff.
  • Usher patrons to seats or exits.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortuary Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Funeral