Genetic counselors work with individuals and families to search for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, genetic counselors earned an average salary of $69,540 per year and an average hourly wage of $33.43. Although genetic counseling is a relatively new career field with few individuals employed in the United States (2,180 as of 2014), this career does hold some exciting prospects for the future.
In this article, you'll learn the job duties of a genetic counselor ("a day in the life"), the education requirements ("how to become a genetic counselor), and detailed salary statistics ("how much money do they make?").
Genetic Counselor Job Duties
Genetic counselors work with individuals and families to help determine risks for certain birth defects and genetic disorders. Here are some of the daily tasks a genetic counselor will perform:
They meet with patients to obtain comprehensive individual family and medical histories.
They study and evaluate genetic information from DNA laboratory tests to identify patients or families at risk for specific genetic risks.
They create detailed consultation reports to provide information on complex genetic concepts for patients or referring physicians.
They discuss testing options and the associated risks, benefits, and limitations with patients and families.
They counsel patients and family members by providing information, education, or reassurance regarding genetic risks and inherited conditions.
They participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in genetics and genomics.
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