Some of the many jobs in the Genetics Field
- Animal Breeders- Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and conformation to select breeding stock that will produce superior offspring.
- Plant Scientists- Responsible for undertaking research and working to ensure that agricultural practices result in a good amount of nutritious food in a and environmentally friendly manner.
- Genetic Counselors- They are specialists who determine risk factors for hereditary diseases and disorders in patients. They also provide genetic testing, education, and counseling to patients and their families.
Some Tasks done by Geneticists
- Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
- Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.
- Plan biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
Education and Training
The student should have a solid background in math, physics, chemistry, and biology in high school and college. You could major in genetics or you could earn a bachelor’s degree of science in biology or another physical science and study genetics at the graduate level. Earning an undergraduate could make you pursue medical school, pharmacy school, veterinary school, law school (to work as a patent attorney). Although, a doctoral degree is more common.
Fun facts about Genetics
- The structure of DNA was discovered in 1953.
- If you unraveled all the chromosomes from all of your cells and placed the DNA end to end, the strands would stretch from the Earth to the moon about 6,000 times
- We have 30,000- 40,000 genes, each with coding for important functions.