Genetic Counselors

What do 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.

Also known as:

Certified Genetic Counselor, Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Genetics, Coordinator of Genetic Services, Genetic Counselor, Hereditary Cancer Program Coordinator, Medical Science Liaison, Prenatal and Pediatric Genetic Counselor, Reproductive Genetic Counseling Coordinator, Senior Genetic Counselor, Staff Genetic Counselor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Genetic Counselors in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Genetic Counselors is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 29%

    Percent Change

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  • 300

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Genetic Counselors:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.1%)
  • Master's degree (24.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (37.7%)
  • Associate's degree (7.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (15.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (11.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.8%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.

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