This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

37.0% probability

of automation

2.7% growth

projected to 2026

36,100 employed

currently in the US

$27,110 annual wage

US, median ($13.03 hourly)

What they do

Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 37.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 257 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 36,100 people have this job. They earn $27,110 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $978,671,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $13.03.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 2.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 37,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).