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Funeral directors co-ordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial. Funeral directors and embalmers are employed by funeral homes.
- Consult with the family of the deceased regarding the nature of the funeral service, the disposition of the remains and funeral costs
- Transfer, or arrange for the transfer of, the remains from the place of death to the funeral home
- Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible
- Issue death notices to newspapers
- Oversee the preparation of the remains, plan and schedule funeral services, co-ordinate burials and cremations and complete legal documents
- Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients
- Manage funeral home operations including hiring and directing staff, maintaining financial records, preparing accounts and ordering merchandise
- Supervise embalmers, funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff
- May perform same duties as embalmers.
- Preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
- Perform cosmetic and restorative work on human remains
- Supervise funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff.
Outlook & Prospects for Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Bas-Saint-Laurent Region
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National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Funeral Directors and Embalmers) is part of a larger occupational group called Technical Occupations in Personal Service (NOC 627).
|Occupations in this group||
Hairstylists and Barbers (6271)
Funeral Directors and Embalmers (6272)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||100,998|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||40|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||60|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation, which includes hairstylists and barbers, experienced a slight increase in employment and a large increase in wages. The unemployment rate increased slightly, but still remained very low (2.4% in 2010). However, since a great many workers in this occupation (approximately 50%) are self-employed, the unemployment rate is not the most revealing of indicators for this occupation. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Technical Occupations In Personal Service, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 37,202 and 31,609 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour demand and supply in this occupation were balanced, job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation over the 2011-2020 period. Employment growth in this occupation tends to follow population growth. More than half of job openings will be due to retirements. The retirement rate for this occupation is around the average for all occupations. Employment will continue to grow at the same rate as in recent years. In terms of supply, the vast majority of job seekers will come from the school system. However, many workers will leave this occupation for another during the 2011-2020 decade. Since this occupation consists mainly of hairstylists and barbers, uncertain conditions and low wages lead workers to leave this occupation.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||3,377||9%|
|Projected Job Openings||37,202||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||31,609||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Other services (except public administration)||98.60|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 16% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The Labour Force Survey also gives us some information about self-employment. This occupation (Funeral Directors and Embalmers) is part of a larger group called Technical Occupations in Personal Service (NOC 627). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), 47% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 16%.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding the percentage of people in this occupation who are part of a union are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
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