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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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inquire into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths and establish the identities of deceased persons.
    • 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.
    • Collect and document any pertinent medical history information.
    • Arrange for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
    • Complete reports and forms required to finalize cases.
    • Observe, record, and preserve any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
    • Inventory personal effects recovered from bodies, such as jewelry or wallets.
    • 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.
    • Locate and document information regarding the next of kin, including their relationship to the deceased and the status of notification attempts.
    • Direct activities of workers conducting autopsies, performing pathological and toxicological analyses, and preparing documents for permanent records.
    • Provide information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives of the deceased.
    • Remove or supervise removal of bodies from death scenes, using the proper equipment and supplies, and arrange for transportation to morgues.
    • Witness and certify deaths that are the result of a judicial order.
    • Testify at inquests, hearings, and court trials.
    • Record the disposition of minor children, as well as details of arrangements made for their care.
    • Confer with officials of public health and law enforcement agencies to coordinate interdepartmental activities.
    • Collect wills, burial instructions, and other documentation needed for investigations and for handling of the remains.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 66080/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 31.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,060
    • Yearly Projected Openings 760

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: 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

    Tools

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

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Operating system software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
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