CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Coroners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
 
Direct activities of workers who conduct autopsies, perform pathological and toxicological analyses, and prepare documents for permanent records.
 
Complete death certificates, including the assignment of cause and manner of death.
 
Observe and record the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence.
 
Collect and document any pertinent medical history information.
 
Observe, record, and preserve any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
 
Complete reports and forms required to finalize cases.
 
Remove or supervise removal of bodies from death scenes, using the proper equipment and supplies, and arrange for transportation to morgues.
 
Interview persons present at death scenes to obtain information useful in determining the manner of death.
 
Testify at inquests, hearings, and court trials.
 
Provide information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives of the deceased.
 
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.
 
Inventory personal effects recovered from bodies, such as jewelry or wallets.
 
Coordinate the release of personal effects to authorized persons and facilitate the disposition of unclaimed corpses and personal effects.
 
Arrange for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
 
Record the disposition of minor children, as well as details of arrangements made for their care.
 
Collect wills, burial instructions, and other documentation needed for investigations and for handling of the remains.
 
Witness and certify deaths that are the result of a judicial order.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
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.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to 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).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Post-Doctoral Training
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Coroner
Coroner's Juror
Deputy Coroner
Forensic Medical Examiner
Forensic Pathologist
Medical Examiner
Medical Investigator
Medical Legal Investigator (MLI)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Coroners
 
 
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