Becoming a Coroner

Topics: Coroner, Ethics, Pathology Pages: 2 (675 words) Published: January 16, 2013
Coroner Project
Intro To Health Careers
Heather Knauer

When I graduate high school I would like to go beyond mandatory schooling and become a Coroner. A coroner is a public official that investigates the deaths that occurred with police matters (Bledsoe). To obtain a position as a coroner you have to be elected into office ("Forensic coroner,”). A coroner also can be called a medical investigator or a death investigator. Coroners perform highly stressful jobs; they are on call 24/7 (“Medical Examiner, “). This to me seems like a very important and highly involved job. This profession appeals to me because even though I love people, I like being behind the scenes and being able to do my job alone. I watch a lot of detective shows that really show me what a coroner is, and by the looks of what they do, it interests me very much. My goals in life are to become something that makes enough money to support my family and then some. If I were to become a coroner, I would be making very decent money. In my interview with the West Chester country coroner, he explained how much education I will need and a lot of other important information. Steven Dicker is the Coroner for West Chester County. He can be reached at 610-344-6166. I asked him a couple questions like How much Education did you need, What is a typical day for you, What is your salary, What do you like about your job, and What are some special requirements for this job? Steven said that since Coroner’s are medical examiners then need to hold a doctorates and a bachelors degree is something like Forensic science, biology, and or chemistry. As I was researching I saw that a person trying to become a coroner need a degree in law enforcement ("Coroner,"). Steven said a typical day is they do a lot of paper work for different investigations, autopsies, and going out and investigating death scenes. Lastly, He told me that his salary was $60,000 a year. I found out through research that they can...
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