Genetic Counselors


Overview

Introduction

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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Median Salary

$91,318

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree


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Experience

Any experience in the field of genetic counseling—such as an inte


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Helpful

Earnings

Genetic counselors earned median annual salaries of $80,370 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $52,750 to $107,450 or more. Those who were employed by general and medical surgical hospitals had mean annual salaries of $83,430, while those who worked in medical and diagnostic laboratories earned $90,760.

In 2019, the average salary for a...

Work Environment

Genetic counselors often have to deal with stressful, emotional situations. Counselors must be able to discuss tough subjects with their clients, such as parents who learn that their unborn or newborn child is either at risk for or has a genetic disorder. Counselors must be clear in their communication, but they also need to be compassionate and sympathetic to clients' emotional needs.

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Outlook

This field of genetic counseling is expected to grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Scientific developments in understanding adult genetic disorders and in reproductive technologies, as well as advances in cancer genomics research, have created new opportunities for treatment and testing. The data produced by the Human Genom...

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