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Geneticists

Also called: Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Research Scientist

What they do:
Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
  • Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.
  • Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • RTI International SUDAAN
  • SAS/Genetics
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
Data base user interface and query software
  • Bioinformatics databases
  • Database software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral/professional degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$72,700
per year, on average
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