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Genetic Counselors

Also called: Genetic Counselor, Hereditary Cancer Program Coordinator, Prenatal and Pediatric Genetic Counselor, Reproductive Genetic Counseling Coordinator

What they do:
Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide genetic counseling in specified areas of clinical genetics such as obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology and neurology.
  • Provide counseling to patient and family members by providing information, education, or reassurance.
  • Interpret laboratory results and communicate findings to patients or physicians.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • psychology
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
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
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Benetech PRA
  • BRCAPRO
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access
Analytical or scientific software
  • FTree
  • Pedigree drawing and management software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$63,590
per year, on average
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