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Also called: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, 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.


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


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


  • 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
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


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: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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