|Quick Facts: Genetic Counselors|
$80,150 per year
$38.54 per hour
|18% (Much faster than average)|
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.
Genetic counselors work in university medical centers, private and public hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and physicians’ offices. They work with families, patients, and other medical professionals. Most genetic counselors work full time.
Genetic counselors typically need a master’s degree in genetic counseling or genetics, along with board certification.
The median annual wage for genetic counselors was $80,150 in May 2021.
Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 18 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 300 openings for genetic counselors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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