Geneticist

The Daily Life of a Geneticist

Typically Geneticists study biological sciences, involving heredity, natural variation in living organisms, and genetic traits passed on from parents onto their offspring. There are many branches of geneticists, some look into agriculture and use their knowledge of genetics to increase crop yield and the resistance to various diseases. Forensic science is used to prove whether or not someone is guilty or innocent.

Salary

The salary of a Geneticist is usually around 57k. If a Master's Degree is obtained then the salary is around 90k - 125k.

Connection

The lab we practice here in Tech Ed (Genetics) relates to this job by teaching us about genes and traits.

Job Tasks

Geneticists plan curatorial programs for species collections that include acquisition, distribution, maintenance, or regeneration. (They experiment on them) They also evaluate, diagnose, or treat certain diseases.

Education and Training Requirements

Becoming a doctor could take up to 16 years of schooling (Four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school, and 4-8 years of internship). A doctor may graduate from a medical school with an M.D. degree or from an osteopathic medical school with a D.O. degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). There are no specific courses that specialists in genetics must take. However, classes in biology and genetics in college may help prepare for a career in this field.