How'd you like to make a living by working with the dead? Jobs in funeral services can be surprisingly rewarding, as the average annual salary for funeral directors is at least $43,000. The bare minimum for workers in the industry (and only a handful make the bare minimum) is $25,000 a year. If you're surprised by these amounts, think about it for a second: how high are funeral prices and cremation costs? Arrangements for cremation services, funeral pre-planning, and burial caskets alone will set anyone back a pretty penny. It's no wonder that funeral jobs pay well - the costs for services and programs for even an "affordable funeral" ensure good money.
Now this may sound morbid, but there will always be a demand for the funeral industry. Death is inevitable, so you can be guaranteed that funeral services can be some of the most stable jobs out there. If you have no qualms working with a bunch of stiffs (pardon the pun), and have the compassion to make sure a family's last moments with their deceased loved ones are as beautiful as possible, then you may want to seriously consider a career in funeral services.
There are a lot of openings available if you're looking for jobs in funeral services. A simple visit to a funeral home will show you that. There are many aspects to getting the dearly departed ready for their last moments above ground, from the preparation of the body to the burial services themselves. One such job is that of an embalmer. If you've got the stomach for working with dead bodies, this is an excellent choice. You'll be responsible for preserving the body for its burial, making sure that decay is delayed for the funeral services. A little draining of bodily fluids and some embalming fluid here and there, and you're pretty much done.
Embalmers can also have an artistic side to them. An important part of preparing a body for a funeral is to make them look as natural as possible. Ever wonder why the deceased at funerals usually look like they're just sleeping? That's the work of an embalming team's makeup artist. The departed can start to look unnaturally pale pretty quickly, and so a touch-up is required to help the deceased's loved ones cope with their passing better. It's a cosmetic job, but it's a needed comfort for the bereaved.
Of course, there's always the aforementioned job of a funeral director. As a funeral director, you'll actually be handling quite a number of jobs. You'll be creating programs for the funeral service, helping the departed's family plan the whole thing, decorating the funeral home appropriately - you'll pretty much be responsible for the whole production. You may also be called upon for eulogy consultations from time to time. Since this is one of the jobs that require the most interaction with your funeral home's grieving customers, you'll need a compassionate, sensitive personality to get ahead in the business. Your main purpose, as with other funeral jobs, is to make a person's passing as easy as possible for those he left behind. Do that well enough, and you'll go far.