Government & Public Administration > Governance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 22.58% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 19.35% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Locate and document information regarding the next of kin, including their relationship to the deceased and the status of notification attempts.

    Confer with officials of public health and law enforcement agencies to coordinate interdepartmental activities.

    Collect and document any pertinent medical history information.

    Complete reports and forms required to finalize cases.

    Observe and record the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence.

    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.

    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.

    Direct activities of workers conducting autopsies, performing pathological and toxicological analyses, and preparing documents for permanent records.

    Arrange for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.

    Coordinate the release of personal effects to authorized persons and facilitate the disposition of unclaimed corpses and personal effects.

    Inventory personal effects recovered from bodies, such as jewelry or wallets.

    Provide information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives of the deceased.

    Interview persons present at death scenes to obtain information useful in determining the manner of death.

    Remove or supervise removal of bodies from death scenes, using the proper equipment and supplies, and arrange for transportation to morgues.

    Observe, record, and preserve any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.

    Collect wills, burial instructions, and other documentation needed for investigations and for handling of the remains.

    Record the disposition of minor children, as well as details of arrangements made for their care.

    Testify at inquests, hearings, and court trials.

    Witness and certify deaths that are the result of a judicial order.


Triple beam balances

Toothed forceps

Tabletop centrifuges

Surgical scalpels

Surgical masks

Surgical gloves

Stryker saws

All Tools

Staining dishes

Specimen scales

Specimen collection containers

Skull chisels

Rib cutters

Protective eye shields

Protective coveralls

Postmortem suturing needles

Postmortem fingerprint equipment

Postmortem blood drawing syringes

Portable x ray machines

Personal computers

Microscope slides

Laptop computers

Floor scales


Dissection scissors

Dissection forceps

Dissecting knives

Digital video cameras

Digital cameras

Digital autopsy scales

Dictation equipment

Desktop computers

Cadaver lifts

Bone dust collectors

Bone cutters

Binocular light compound microscopes

Autopsy scissors

Autopsy saws

Autopsy knives

Autopsy fluid collection vacuum aspirators

Autopsy evidence collection kits

Autopsy bone saws

35 millimeter cameras




Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services


3D graphics software



All Technologies

Autopsy information databases

Bite analysis software

Corel WordPerfect

Douglas Associates Forensic Filer

EMC Documentum

Fingerprint databases

Genetic database software

Ingenuware CoronerBase

Mideo Systems EZDoc Plus

Rapid Medical Examiners System

Toxicology databases



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Teaching others how to do something.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

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