Genetic Engineers

Genetic engineers alter, splice, eliminate, and rearrange genes in order to modify an organism or groups of organisms. Genetic engineering is used to improve plant and animal production, fight diseases (such as cancer and AIDS), improve manufacturing processes, clean up environmental disasters such as oil spills, and for other applications.    


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Alter, splice, eliminate, and rearrange genes in order to modify an organism or groups of organisms
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience A related internship, volunteer position, or part-time job is recommended
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor or Manager
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Laboratory Aide or Technician

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