What does a Genetic Counselor do?
Unlike many other health science professions, genetic counseling focuses on empowering patients with knowledge. As a genetic counselor, you can spend a great deal of time interacting with your patients to ensure that they fully understand the ways genetics affect their lives.
As a genetic counselor you can:
Find Your Own Niche
Genetic counselors work in a variety of clinical, laboratory, and research settings. They work with patients and families across the lifespan.
As a genetic counselor, you have many career options, including:
Genetic counselors also work in public health settings to improve access to services and determine public policy; as teachers in high schools, colleges and universities; as researchers who explore and find solutions for unanswered questions in genetics; as consultants for pharmaceutical companies; or in private practice.
If you want to be respected by doctors and admired by your peers, if you want your work to be intellectually challenging and emotionally rewarding, genetic counseling may be the career for you.
To find out more about a career in genetic counseling, take a look at the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website.