Genealogists conduct research to identify the ancestral backgrounds of individuals and families. Genetic genealogists are specialized genealogists who use both traditional methods of genealogical research and DNA testing and analysis to conduct genealogical research for clients, solve crimes, and meet other goals.
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PayScale.com reported 2021 median earnings of $38,771 for full-time genealogists. Salaries ranged from less than $25,000 to $72,000 or more. But these salary statistics are for all genealogists, including those who use traditional genealogical research methods. Genetic genealogists have specialized knowledge that often merit receiving a higher salary. They earn average salaries of about $50,000...
Most genetic genealogists work a typical 9-to-5 workweek, although those who are employed by law enforcement agencies may be occasionally required to work at night and on weekends. Most positions are office-based, but some employers allow experienced and skilled employees to work from home all or part of the time.
Demand for DNA interpretation and genetic genealogy research will increase as more people become interested in researching their family history, more adoptees and others with unknown parentage seek to find genetic links to their blood relatives, and demand grows for paternity testing and genetic testing for inherited diseases. More law enforcement agencies will use investigative genetic genealo...