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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. According to a 2014 survey from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, 75 percent of genetic counselors work in traditional areas of genetic counseling: prenatal, cancer, and pediatric. The survey also found that an increasing number of genetic counselors are specializing in fields such as genomic medicine, neurogenetics, cardiovascular health, and psychiatry. Many view a career in genetic counseling as a great way to combine a love of science with a desire to help people.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Outgoing

Scientific

Career Ladder
Genetic Researcher, or Self Employed, or College Professor

Experienced Genetic Counselor

Entry-Level Genetic Counselor

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