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39-4012.00 - Crematory Operators

Operate crematory equipment to reduce human or animal remains to bone fragments in accordance with state and local regulations. Duties may include preparing the body for cremation and performing general maintenance on crematory equipment. May use traditional flame-based cremation, calcination, or alkaline hydrolysis.

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Tasks

  • Clean the crematorium, including tables, floors, and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document divided remains to ensure parts are not misplaced. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Embalm, dress, or otherwise prepare the deceased for viewing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Explain the cremation process to family or friends of the deceased. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families or friends. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pick up and handle human or pet remains in a respectful manner. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place corpses into crematory machines to reduce remains to bone fragments using flame, heat, or alkaline hydrolysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pulverize remaining bone fragments into smaller pieces using specialized equipment, such as a cremulator or grinder. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read documentation to confirm the identity of the deceased. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove jewelry, watches, or other personal items from the deceased prior to cremation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sweep or vacuum the cremation chamber to retrieve remains for storage in an urn or other container. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport the deceased to a funeral home or crematory using a van, hearse, or other vehicle. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply makeup to alter or enhance appearance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss goods or services information with customers or patrons. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Embalm corpses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handle caskets. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Transport biological or other medical materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Verify information or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Crematory Operators and Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other.
Employment data for Crematory Operators and Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other.
Industry data for Crematory Operators and Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other.

Median wages (2020) $13.66 hourly, $28,420 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 111,300 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Much faster than average (8% or higher) Much faster than average (8% or higher)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 17,100
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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