Careers Project

Geneticists

Life Science

This is life science because it has to do with your body and life. It is diagnosing diseases with your genes. Diseases can cause you to die or have illnesses and that has to do with your life and your body.


Education Path

You would need a degree in cell biology. This major teaches you about structure, regulation, function of cells. You study how it relates to anatomy. You would study at a molecular level. Many conditions and diseases start from one cell. You will learn how the cell moves, reproduces, grows and changes. Finding the connections and activity of cells is also studied. In high school you would take advanced biology courses, calculus, chemistry, and anatomy. In college you would take lots of science and biology classes. You would also want to take classes on gene structures and functions.


University of San Diego

I would go to the University of San Diego because California has a lot of opportunity and job openings. The University offers the major in cell biology. This is a public school and the setting is suburban. The ratio of students to faculty is 19:1, so it is a pretty decent sized school, with around 26,000 students. I have also always wanted to go to school in California.


Academics and Salary

The academics for the University of San Diego is that the average GPA for this university is 3.94, which is a really high average. The highest percentage for the ACTs was in the 24-28 range. For the SATs the highest percentage range was 600-699.

The Wisonsin salary range for being a geneticist is 34,310 - 86,590. The national salary range is 41,560 - 142,800. The salary range is affected by the type and location of the business, and how much responsibility you have in your occupation.



About the Job

In this job you research genes in plants and animals and humans. They study the genes that cause diseases. When working with plants they can transfer the genes to make hybrid plants. And when working with animals they use the genes to figure out why certain breeds do better of provide more milk or other things than other breeds. They work in universities, pharmacies, and research laboratories. They have a minimum of 40 hours per week and follow safety procedures when they work with chemicals.

Factors for Employment

In Wisconsin you can find a couple places that offer this job, but not as many as other states do. You are more likely to find this job nationally than just in the state of Wisconsin. This is also a hot job in the next 10 years. Job openings for geneticists are predicted to increase by 27% in the next 10 years. You are more likely to find an opening in this job, then.

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

I chose this employer because it is highly ranked in academics. It also a leader in fields including cancer treatment, surgical specialties and organ transplantation. They have six intensive care units. They offer the job of a geneticist at this University and have lots of other jobs that are frequently open. This University is in Madison, Wisconsin.

Summary

I could see myself doing this career in the future because I like genetics and the way genes work. Studying genetics would be really cool because you would get to see what genes cause what disorders and diseases. Not only just in humans but you could study plant and animal genes too. In animals you would know why certain breeds do things better than others. For plants you would know how they are resistant to other insects and produce more or less protein. Pros for me personally are that you get to study genes which is interesting to me. You also get to research what causes diseases. Some cons are that you have to go to med school so that would be more schooling. You also have long hours to work. This is a really interesting job to have.


Resources

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