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Posted 6/10/15
My sense of smell is a bit too strong for anything like that, even if the bodies aren't that old. Aside from that, the job doesn't sound bad. I've never really thought about it as a job I'd pursue, and it doesn't appeal to me personally, but I can see why it would be a desirable occupation for some.

I've never met a mortician. I would be pretty interested in talking to one, though.
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My best friend is a doctor and I know a number of doctors and nurses. I don't know any morticians. It would be sort of cool to be the only one. The main issue is money and timing. If everything else somehow fails me, then I can probably convince the fam. A few of my cousins worked for a morgue in Taiwan during high school but their work was unlicensed and pretty much just consisted of moving around bodies and managing the freezer units and other miscellaneous tasks. No embalmers or funeral directors.
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Posted 6/10/15
It's one of those essential jobs that doesn't get as much credit as it really warrants, like those who clean the sewers, maintain electrical lines, or collect waste. Of course, one can certainly understand people being easily upset during the time when morticians and funeral directors have work to do, so they can't get too bent out of shape for being regarded poorly. It's not necessarily personal or anything they're doing; people are just in enough pain that they'll lash out much more easily over much smaller things. Take into account that they're permanently bidding farewell to someone and the perfectionism isn't surprising either.

It falls under the "It's a rough job, but someone has to do it." category from my perspective.
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I've always had a interest in the Human Anatomy and being a Mortician is a job I would take up just to see the organs this is one of the reasons why I donate blood just so I can see what it looks like pulled straight from the vein and I might become a organ donor.
Posted 6/10/15
It's dead sexy.
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Posted 6/10/15
It's perhaps an unusual one, but if that's your calling, then go for it. One cannot understate the blessing it is to actually enjoy your job. I'm a pathologist, and contrary to many folks' perception, we don't deal mostly with dead people, but autopsies are a part of our training. I really don't like autopsies at all (and thankfully almost never have to do any in my professional career), but I had a few classmates in residency who really did, and knew they wanted to be forensic pathologists. I remember one of the autopsy technicians at one of the training hospitals, who was a young fellow. Talking with him, I found out he had always wanted to be an autopsy technician since he was very young! It sounded strange, but strange or no, because it was his calling and passion, he pursued that career course with gusto, and as a result, was very good at what he did and enjoyed his job! Thorough, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. I still remember him now years later.
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Posted 6/10/15 , edited 6/10/15
Someone's gotta do it, bodies won't prepare or preserve themselves, unless you fell into a pit of tar or something. Undertakers make a boat load of money though, like as much as a doctor
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Posted 6/11/15
Seems a good fit for you. Most parents are generally opposed to anything their children want to do if it doesn't involve the words "doctor" "lawyer" or "six figures." They then get over it once you get a paycheck and can take care of yourself.

Biggest problem would probably be the grieving families, I agree. That's probably where the promotions come from I assume, being able to do stuff both in the front room and the back room. Polish your social skills with dealing with the living. That doesn't hurt in any field.

And maybe your parents would think slightly differently if you put a religious spin on it or something? Like saying you were going to work with a church or temple for a while?
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Posted 6/11/15
You need to tell us all the jokes you hear. I ask as professional curiosity from a Firefighter EMT.
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Posted 6/12/15
I think it's cool! mortuary scientists are capable of developing awesome, ground-breaking studies.
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