By: Patrick U


Many people go through their everyday life, and all of a sudden, receive a disease that was not contagious. There is only one other form of medical virus that can't be contagious. A genetic disease. There are many common types of genetic disorders as, well such as, Autism, Breast Cancer, Down Syndrome, and many more. A very important person to identify if a disorder is possible in future generations is a scientist of genetics. A geneticist.


A geneticist is a specific scientist specialized in the world of genetics. Genetics is the science to understand the uniqueness of each person. It allows scientists to understand and interpret the DNA within each of us. This can show future genetic problems which can inform regular people about how they can find help and stop this.
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Many skills are needed for this job, here is a short list:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Instructing

Personality is also very important. Here is one last list:

  • Persistence
  • Curiosity
  • Motivation
  • Focus
  • A growing love for science
  • Imagination
  • A desire to improve
  • Self-confidence

Possible ways to gain experience for this specific job is to learn from school or shadowing.


Many certifications are important when becoming a geneticist, but the more in depth the study goes, the higher the income. One must at least own a Bachelor's degree as well as an undergrad in biology. One must also (typically) receive a doctorate, medical residency, and pass the US Medical Licensing Exam. A genetic counselor also needs to receive a masters and complete a phycology and a counseling course.

Texas Colleges

  • Texas A&M
  • Baylor
  • UNT
  • UT Austin
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The average genetic counselor receives $69,540 per year. A biochemist with research in genetics can receive $91,960. A surgeon with research in genetics can receive $194,990. As stated above, all of these number could double or even go higher depending on education.


Genetic Counselors are to grow 41% for the next 7 years. A reason for this is due to new diseases appearing such as the already troublesome cancers, and growing. This allows genetic counselors to gain more jobs since more people want help to insure the safety of the future generations.
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Works Sited

"Geneticist: Career Information and Education Requirements." N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

"Geneticist Career." GeneticistSkills and Knowledge. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

"Genetics & Genomics." N.p., 17 Dec. 2014. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

"Geneticist Salary." Healthcare Salaries Geneticist Salary Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

"Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.