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Embalmers

Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Conform to laws of health and sanitation and ensure that legal requirements concerning embalming are met.
    • Join lips, using needles and thread or wire.
    • Apply cosmetics to impart lifelike appearance to the deceased.
    • Incise stomach and abdominal walls and probe internal organs, using trocar, to withdraw blood and waste matter from organs.
    • Close incisions, using needles and sutures.
    • Clean and disinfect areas in which bodies are prepared and embalmed.
    • Dress bodies and place them in caskets.
    • Make incisions in arms or thighs and drain blood from circulatory system and replace it with embalming fluid, using pump.
    • Remove the deceased from place of death and transport to funeral home.
    • Perform the duties of funeral directors, including coordinating funeral activities.
    • Attach trocar to pump-tube, start pump, and repeat probing to force embalming fluid into organs.
    • Reshape or reconstruct disfigured or maimed bodies when necessary, using dermasurgery techniques and materials such as clay, cotton, plaster of Paris, and wax.
    • Pack body orifices with cotton saturated with embalming fluid to prevent escape of gases or waste matter.
    • Conduct interviews to arrange for the preparation of obituary notices, to assist with the selection of caskets or urns, and to determine the location and time of burials or cremations.
    • Insert convex celluloid or cotton between eyeballs and eyelids to prevent slipping and sinking of eyelids.
    • Assist with placing caskets in hearses and organize cemetery processions.
    • Maintain records, such as itemized lists of clothing or valuables delivered with body and names of persons embalmed.
    • Wash and dry bodies, using germicidal soap and towels or hot air dryers.
    • Arrange for transporting the deceased to another state for interment.
    • Perform special procedures necessary for remains that are to be transported to other states or overseas, or where death was caused by infectious disease.
    • Supervise funeral attendants and other funeral home staff.
    • Serve as pallbearers, attend visiting rooms, and provide other assistance to the bereaved.
    • Direct casket and floral display placement and arrange guest seating.
    • Arrange funeral home equipment and perform general maintenance.
    • Assist coroners at death scenes or at autopsies, file police reports, and testify at inquests or in court, if employed by a coroner.
    • Press diaphragm to evacuate air from lungs.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 43030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.69/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 210
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
    • Makeup kits
    • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
    • Embalming vein drainage tubes
    • Embalming injecting tubes

    Technology

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    • Data base user interface and query software

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