A Geneticist earns an average salary of $74,199 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Job Description for Geneticist
Geneticists are responsible for analyzing genetic information on behalf of their organizations. They are in charge of conducting DNA testing and other genetic trials, using a variety of laboratory equipment. Some of their main responsibilities include analyzing statistical genetic information, databases, and other computer files. They find pertinent information regarding family histories and personality traits.Read More...
In addition, they also analyze historical records to connect individuals to their pasts. They work in a laboratory and/or office environment. Other main duties include interpreting molecular tests, health prognoses, and hereditary conditions. Geneticists are in charge of reporting mutations and analyzing genes. They follow strict safety and privacy guidelines to prevent accidents and respect patients’ privacy. One of their main tools is a personal computer to process tests, analyze results, and create detailed reports based on their findings. They also conduct research to include relevant data and communicate accurate information to interested parties. They work well in a team setting with other geneticists, biologists, and computer scientists to find a common goal and share information in the process. However, they can also perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
A bachelor's degree in genetics, biology, or a similar field is required for this position. Previous years of work experience as a geneticist can be helpful. Genetics certifications are a plus.
- Meet with, assess and diagnose patients.
- Assist with genetic research.
- Recommend and create treatment plans.
- Collaborate with other members of treatment team.
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