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Autopsy Technician (#ATOPTEGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 Yearly


Performs duties assisting a pathologist with autopsies and other forensic procedures.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Six months of work experience with deceased humans/patients as a mortician, surgical assistant, or assisting in performing autopsies or transporting dead bodies; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of techniques and procedures used in autopsy examinations.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Some knowledge of human anatomy and morphology.
  • Some knowledge of aseptic and disinfectant procedures.
  • Some knowledge of x-ray equipment and procedures.
  • Some knowledge of Chapter 406, of the Florida Statutes pertaining to the standards required of the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Some knowledge of chain-of-custody policies regarding specimens, evidence, and body removal.
  • Some knowledge of methods of transmission of tuberculosis, AIDS, hepatitis and meningitis.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of surgical instruments.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diseased, decomposed or mutilated corpses on a daily basis.
  • Ability to perform routine and specialized post-mortem procedures as directed by a pathologist.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Ability to use cameras and photographic equipment.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Receives and properly registers human or non-human remains into the medical examiner's facility by assigning a case number, date, and name if known.
  • Obtains and records information for identification purposes including finger and palm prints.
  • Documents and secures personal property, valuables, medications and other evidence.
  • Washes and prepares remains for examination or autopsy according to established operational policies.
  • Photographs remains and anatomical sites for identification purposes and to document trauma.
  • Takes and develops x-rays as necessary to assess the presence, location and number of foreign objects in the bodies or to aid in the identification of burned, mutilated, or decomposed remains.
  • Prepares and maintains surgical instruments and laboratory supplies for post-mortem exam.
  • Assists pathologist during autopsy by handing instruments, weighing organs and posting weights, locating and tying off major arteries or stumps of organs.
  • Obtains hair and fingernail specimens, as required.
  • Labels specimen containers for toxicology and files and stores specimens as appropriate.
  • Closes post-mortem incisions and prepares the remains for the undertaker.
  • Cleans autopsy suite, storage rooms, loading dock and garage following defined procedures.
  • Releases remains to funeral homes or their representatives in accordance with established operational policies and procedures.
  • Maintains work related records and prepares reports using a computer.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

CLASS: ATOPTEGENK; EST: 6/22/1999; REV: 5/12/2010;