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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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Currently Employed: 3,060

Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

Typical Hourly Wage: $31.22 - $48.51

Typical Annual Salary: $64,900 - $100,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Complete death certificates, including the assignment of cause and manner of death.
  • Inquire into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths and establish the identities of deceased persons.
  • Observe, record, and preserve any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
  • Observe and record the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence.
  • Interview persons present at death scenes to obtain information useful in determining the manner of death.
  • Arrange for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
  • Collect and document any pertinent medical history information.
  • Complete reports and forms required to finalize cases.
  • Direct activities of workers conducting autopsies, performing pathological and toxicological analyses, and preparing documents for permanent records.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Autopsy dissection forceps for general use
  • Autopsy hanging scales
  • Autopsy knives or blades
  • Autopsy saws
  • Autopsy scissors

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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