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Medical Examiner/Coroner

Overview: Medical examiners perform investigations of deaths in order to determine the causes and determine the responsibility for accidental, violent or unexplained deaths. They perform laboratory tests with body specimens and observe external wounds. They testify in court murder trials.
Duties: They examine human corpses in cases where cause of death needs to be established for a family, for legal reasons or because there is a possibility of murder.

They dissect the bodies and send organs or their contents to medical laboratores for analysis. They decide if poisons or foreign substances found could have been the cause of death.

They examine body injuries to determine if they were the cause of death & how they occurred. Decide whether broken bones, wounds, bruises, etc. were caused by accident of inflicted by others.

They testify in court cases to present evidence against suspects accused of murder. They describe to the jury their opinions about how the violence took place.

Degree(s): A.S./B.S. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Sciences for Forensics  
Job Outlook: Employment of medical examiners/coroner is expected to grow faster than average through 2018.
Salary Range (National Average): $66,000 to $73,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: You may qualify to be an assistant deputy medical examiner with a physician assistant's bachelor degree or a bachelor's in nursing (RN), along with state certified training in forensic investigation. For the position of Deputy Medical Examiner, an MD in pathology is required, plus one year of forensic pathology training after completing your medical residency program.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.