Sokanu rates Coroners with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 45,300 Coroners. That number is based on 8,700 additional Coroners, and the retirement of 36,600 existing Coroners.
Demand for Coroners
While considerable job growth is predicted for medical doctors in general, the coroner field is a relatively small and very specialized subset of the occupation, in which competition is projected to be high. Because of the nature of the coroner profession, demand in this sector will remain relatively stable and never significantly decline. It may increase slightly as more criminal investigations rely upon the evidence and expertise of coroners.
On the other hand, government budget constraints may reduce funding for these positions and cause smaller jurisdictions to rely on part-time versus full-time personnel. In some areas, coroners may not be salaried employees and may instead be paid a fixed fee each time that they perform their services. Most counties in the United States elect their coroners, meaning that job seekers are faced with the added pressure of campaigning. These two potentialities of life as a coroner may complicate job searches.
As with most professions, coroners may complement their education and licenses by pursuing voluntary certifications. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) offer professional designations which may enhance candidates’ employability and electability. Teaching, research, and consultancy positions are among the advancement opportunities for medical examiners.
Supply of Coroners
The Coroner industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.