Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors are health care professionals who work with individuals who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions or who have family members with birth defects or genetic disorders. Many view a career in genetic counseling as a great way to combine a love of science with a desire to help people.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Provide counseling services to individuals who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions or who have family members with birth defects or genetic disorders; counsel parents expecting a newborn with inherited disorders
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Any experience in the field of genetic counseling—such as an internship, volunteering, or a part-time support job—will be useful
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Genetic Researcher, or Self Employed, or College Professor
  • Experienced Genetic Counselor
  • Entry-Level Genetic Counselor

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