Profession embalmer

Embalmers temporarily preserve human remains to make them suitable for display at a funeral.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Social / Realistic
  • Enterprising / Social

Related professions funeral service

  • Coffin bearer
  • Funeral worker
  • Undertaker


  • Cosmetics

    The various types of substances used to enhance the appearance of the human body.


  • Maintain professional administration

    File and organise professional administration documents comprehensively, keep customer records, fill in forms or log books and prepare documents about company-related matter.

  • Embalm bodies

    Prepare bodies for funeral ceremonies, by cleaning and disinfecting them, using make-up to create the impression of a natural appearance and hiding or correcting any visible damages or injuries.

  • Apply safety measures

    Perform tasks and operations taking into account the safety regulations and standards and applying them in order to prevent incidents or hazards.

  • Dress bodies

    Put on clothes on bodies of deceased persons, chosen or provided by the deceased one's relatives.

  • Promote human rights

    Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.

  • Show diplomacy

    Deal with people in a sensitive and tactful way.

  • Work with chemicals

    Handle chemicals and select specific ones for certain processes. Be aware of the reactions which arise from combining them.

  • Maintain inventory of tools

    Keep an inventory of tools utilised in manufacturing or in the provision of services. Ensure that tool sets remain complete and suitable for use.

  • Cooperate with funeral directors

    Make arrangements and work together with funeral directors who provide funeral services for people buried on the cemetery under your responsibility.

  • Move bodies

    Move bodies yourself or arrange transport from the place of death to the morgue or funeral home, in and out of the hearse and from the funeral home to the cemetery.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

Optional knowledge and skills

work ergonomically lift heavy weights administer appointments manage staff handle chemical cleaning agents apply organisational techniques prepare ceremonial locations assist with funeral planning clean rooms assist police investigations biology transfer coffins advise on funeral services dermasurgery techniques liaise with local authorities provide directions to guests

Common job titles

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  • Licensed funeral director and embalmer
  • Funeral director/embalmer
  • Florida licensed funeral director/embalmer
  • General duty
  • Crematory operator