Medical Examiner

Medical examiners (ME), also referred to as coroners, examine cadavers in order to determine the cause of death. Trained in the field of forensic pathology, a medical examiner will deduce the manner of the deceased, be it natural, intentional, or accidental, and are often summoned by a court of law to present their findings in criminal hearings. For this reason, a medical degree and background in anatomical studies, toxicology, biology, to name a few, is required to analyze organs, tissue, and other bodily samples. A supplemental degree in the criminology field is further to the benefit of aspirers of the ME profession.

  • Perform autopsies on cadavers
  • Examine injuries and evidence on the body
  • Examine crime scenes
  • Collect lab samples for inspection
  • Record statements from witnesses
  • Testify in civil and criminal legal proceedings

The median salary of a medical examiner in 2017 was $82,500. The pay scale fluctuates according to region.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the medical examiner field is expected to expand by 24% through 2020, proportional to the rate of the healthcare industry's growth as a whole. There is a high rate of competition, however, due to this profession being a centralized niche in the broader medical field.