CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Embalmers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements. Conform to laws of health and sanitation and ensure that legal requirements concerning embalming are met.
 
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.
 
Reshape or reconstruct disfigured or maimed bodies when necessary, using dermasurgery techniques and materials such as clay, cotton, plaster of Paris, and wax.
 
Make incisions in arms or thighs and drain blood from circulatory system and replace it with embalming fluid, using pump.
 
Dress bodies and place them in caskets.
 
Perform the duties of funeral directors, including coordinating funeral activities.
 
Join lips, using needles and thread or wire.
 
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.
 
Attach trocar to pump-tube, start pump, and repeat probing to force embalming fluid into organs.
 
Perform special procedures necessary for remains that are to be transported to other states or overseas, or where death was caused by infectious disease.
 
Maintain records such as itemized lists of clothing or valuables delivered with body and names of persons embalmed.
 
Insert convex celluloid or cotton between eyeballs and eyelids to prevent slipping and sinking of eyelids.
 
Wash and dry bodies, using germicidal soap and towels or hot air dryers.
 
Arrange for transporting the deceased to another state for interment.
 
Supervise funeral attendants and other funeral home staff.
 
Pack body orifices with cotton saturated with embalming fluid to prevent escape of gases or waste matter.
 
Assist with placing caskets in hearses and organize cemetery processions.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
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.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Belmar & Associates Mortware Project management software
 
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
Custom Computer Software Funeral Director 2000 Project management software
 
Custom Data Systems Sterling Enterprise Management Software Project management software
 
FPA Software MACCS Project management software
 
HMIS Advantage Project management software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Twin Tier Technologies MIMS Project management software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Adult trocars Surgical trocars for general use or accessories
 
Air brushes Air brushes
 
Air-pressure embalming machines Chemical pumps
 
Aneurysm needles Postmortem needles
 
Angular forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Arm and hand positioners Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Axillary drain tubes Embalming vein drainage tubes
 
Barber scissors Hair care supplies
 
Bistoury knives Autopsy knives or blades
 
Blending brushes Makeup kits
 
Body bags Body bags
 
Body positioners Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Calvarium clamps Postmortem incision clips
 
Carotid tubes Embalming injecting tubes
 
Casket lifters Cadaver lifter or transfer devices
 
Centrifugal force pumps Centrifugal pumps
 
Cosmetic brushes Makeup kits
 
Curved Kelly forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Curved arterial tubes Embalming injecting tubes
 
Curved suture needles Suture needles
 
Cuticle scissors Manicure implements
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Electric mortuary aspirators Mortuary aspirators
 
Embalming bulb syringes Embalming cavity injectors
 
Embalming fluid pumps Chemical pumps
 
Embalming injector needles Embalming injector needles
 
Embalming syringes Embalming cavity injectors
 
Embalming vein drainage tubing Embalming vein drainage tubes
 
Emergency eye wash stations Eyewashers or eye wash stations
 
Extremity positioners Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Eye suture scissors Ophthalmic surgical knives or blades or scissors or accessories
 
Femoral drain tubes Embalming vein drainage tubes
 
Fixation forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Gravity injectors Embalming cavity injectors
 
Hairpin injectors Embalming injecting tubes
 
Head blocks Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Head rests Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Highlighting brushes Makeup kits
 
Hydraulic body lifts Cadaver lifter or transfer devices
 
Hydro-electric aspirators Mortuary aspirators
 
Hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
 
Iliac drain tubes Embalming vein drainage tubes
 
Infant arterial tubes Embalming injecting tubes
 
Infant trocars Surgical trocars for general use or accessories
 
Injector needle guns Embalming injector needles
 
Iris scissors Surgical scissors
 
Jugular drain tubes Embalming vein drainage tubes
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Lining brushes Makeup kits
 
Lister bandage scissors Bandage scissors or its supplies
 
Lower body positioners Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Mayo scissors Surgical scissors
 
Mortuary lifts Cadaver lifter or transfer devices
 
Nasal tube aspirators Autopsy fluid collection vacuum aspirators or tubing
 
Non-clogging post aspirators Autopsy fluid collection vacuum aspirators or tubing
 
Paint sprayers Paint sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Powder dusting brushes Makeup kits
 
Protective hoods Safety hoods
 
Protective medical face masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Protective medical gloves Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
 
Protective shoe covers Footwear covers
 
Refrigerated body storage cabinets Morgue cabinet refrigerators
 
Ring cutters Finger ring removers
 
Safety coveralls Protective coveralls
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Spring forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Steam autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Stippling brushes Makeup kits
 
Straight Kelly forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Straight arterial tubes Embalming injecting tubes
 
Straight surgical scissors Surgical scissors
 
Stryker saws Autopsy saws
 
Surgical razors Surgical shave kits or prep razors or clippers
 
Surgical scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Suture needle holders Surgical needle holders for general use
 
Thumb forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
Tinting brushes Makeup kits
 
Trocar sterilizers Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Tube occluding forceps Floor grade forceps or hemostats
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Anatomical Embalmer
Apprentice Embalmer
Arterial Embalmer
Embalmer
Embalmer Apprentice
Funeral Director Apprentice
Funeral Director/Embalmer
Funeral Service Licensee
Licensed Embalmer
Licensed Funeral Director
Mortician
Preparation Room Manager
Restorative Art Embalmer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Funeral
Benchmark Title: Embalmers
 
 
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