Genetic Counselor

About the job:

What you do

As a Genetic Counselor,  you work with a variety of parents, families, children, teenagers and older adults to identify diseases or disorders that may be inherited.

The tough stuff

As a Genetic Counselor you will have to:

  • Frequently deal with high emotions that could spark sadness and stress
  • Keep yourself constantly informed on the newest genetic testing innovations 
The cool stuff

As a Genetic Counselor, you will get to:

  • Combine science and healthcare without attending medical school 
  • Be well paid
  • Help patients predict and prevent the threat of debilitating disabilities
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours a week

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology                                                                   
  • Master's Degree in Genetics, Genetic Counseling, or a related field
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