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Coroners

Also called: Coroner, County Coroner, Deputy Coroner, Medical Examiner

What they do:
Direct activities such as autopsies, pathological and toxicological analyses, and inquests relating to the investigation of deaths occurring within a legal jurisdiction to determine cause of death or to fix responsibility for accidental, violent, or unexplained deaths.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform medicolegal examinations and autopsies, conducting preliminary examinations of the body to identify victims, locate signs of trauma, and identify factors that would indicate time of death.
  • Inquire into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths and establish the identities of deceased persons.
  • Complete death certificates, including the assignment of cause and manner of death.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly know what you are looking at

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Alcestis
  • Rapid Medical Examiners System
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • 3D graphics software
  • Graphics software
Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$64,340
per year, on average
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