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Morgue attendants

OaSIS code 33109.08

Morgue attendants provide support services and assistance to pathologists.

Overview

Also known as

  • Autopsy assistant
  • Morgue attendant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist pathologists at autopsies by laying out surgical instruments
  • Prepare solutions for preservation of specimens
  • Transfer bodies from morgue to examining table
  • Remove organs and tissue specimens, as instructed by attending pathologist, and placing them in preservative solutions
  • Clean and sew up bodies for release to funeral home.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Medical radiation technologists (32121)
  • Medical sonographers (32122)
  • Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists (32123)
  • Pharmacy technicians (32124)
  • Other medical technologists and technicians (32129)
  • Pathologist assistants (31303.05)
  • Operating room technicians (32101.02)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Sub-major group

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Minor group

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Unit group

33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services

Occupational profile

33109.08 – Morgue attendants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
3 - Moderate Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Hospitals
  • Medical pathology laboratories
  • Morgues

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Body Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Management of Material Resources
3 - Moderate Level
Numeracy
3 - Moderate Level
Problem Solving
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important
Adaptability
3 - Important