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.
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Genetic engineers earned median annual salaries of $84,497 in 2019, according to PayScale.com Salaries ranged from less than $49,000 to $122,000 or more.
Benefits for genetic engineers depend on the employer; however, they usually include such items as health insurance, retirement or 401(k) plans, and paid sick and vacation days.
Genetic engineers spend most of their time in laboratories, designing and conducting research experiments and performing genetic engineering procedures. They also spend considerable time writing reports about their work, lecturing or teaching about their research, and preparing grant proposals to federal or private agencies to secure funding to support their work. Because federal grants are ext...
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for biochemists and biophysicists (careers under which genetic engineers are often categorized) is expected to grow 6 percent through 2028, a rate that is about as fast as the average for all careers. Breakthroughs in genetic engineering as applied to human health, agriculture, bioremediation, manufacturing, and other fields have creat...