As the population grows older and passes away, the demand for funeral and memorial services will increase. In Arizona, the projected growth over the next five years is above average compared with the rest of the market. However,
the number of small funeral homes is declining; they are being bought out by large corporations. In the past, each funeral home had one or more funeral directors. Now, a smaller number of funeral directors may work at all the funeral homes that are
owned by a single corporation. Despite the slow growth in this occupation, jobs will open up as current funeral directors retire.
Advancement opportunities generally are best in larger funeral homes. Funeral directors may earn promotions to higher paying positions such as branch manager or general manager. Some directors eventually acquire enough money and experience to establish their own funeral home businesses.
- Organize and direct funeral services
- May perform many tasks, from embalming to accounting
- May work on an on-call basis
- Work with customers during a difficult time
- Usually train for three years
- Need a license
- May need to take continuing education courses
- May be self-employed