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Mortuary Affairs Specialist; Pathologist
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Histopathology Technician; Pathologist
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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.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • medicine and dentistry


  • customer service
  • management

Safety and Government

  • law and government


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

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 compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands


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
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance


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Data base user interface and query software

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  • Transact-SQL Hot Technology

Video conferencing software

  • Zoom Hot Technology

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Graphics software
  • Mideo Systems EZDoc Plus


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