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Crematorium technicians make sure things run smoothly during a cremation.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths. You’ll usually receive training on the job.

It will also be useful if you have:

  • experience of working with the public
  • basic administrative experience
  • basic IT skills

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a tactful, sympathetic and respectful manner to deal sensitively with bereaved people
  • communication skills
  • the ability to work unsupervised
  • attention to detail and the ability to work within set regulations

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • cleaning and preparing the chapel before the service
  • making sure cremation equipment is operating safely
  • receiving coffins and carrying out identification checks
  • meeting mourners as they arrive and escorting them into the chapel
  • making sure that legislation and regulations are followed
  • operating cremation equipment
  • making sure cremated remains are identified, stored and disposed of appropriately
  • accompanying visitors to existing memorials
  • keeping records

You’ll also make sure all areas in and around the crematorium are kept clean and well maintained.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £19,000 to £24,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but services also take place on Saturdays.

You’ll spend most of your time indoors. You may also help with grounds maintenance or supervise cemetery workers, which will mean being out in all weather conditions.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into crematorium management.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018