Coroners are often confused with pathologists. While pathologists are required to have formal medical training, it is not always the case for a coroner. Coroners serve more as coordinators between law enforcement, medical personnel and the families of the deceased. You don't simply apply for the job; you must be elected to the position after spending time in the medical, legal or law enforcement professions.
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Obtain a degree. Useful majors include medicine, biology, criminal justice, law and forensic science.
Obtain an advanced education in one of the aforementioned majors. The higher level of education will be an asset when you seek appointment or election.
Work in your field of study. You will not become a coroner without experience in one of the aforementioned fields. Keep focused on your goal of becoming a coroner, and steer your responsibilities toward areas that will help you get appointed or elected. For example, if you are working forensics, request to be assigned to the homicide division.
Research your state's requirements to become a coroner. Determine whether you need to be elected or appointed.
Apply for any appropriate licenses. The need for a license varies by state. Check with your state's medical board to determine the necessity and procedure.
Begin your campaign for coroner. If coroner is an elected position in your state, prep a campaign that paints you as the most qualified candidate. Cite your experience and success in the field of law or medicine as a qualification. If the job is appointed, request consideration through the appropriate office. Whether you have to sell yourself to a board or to the public, focus on your qualifications to prove you are the best person for the job.
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