|Quick Facts: Genetic Counselors
$89,990 per year
$43.26 per hour
|16% (Much faster than average)
Genetic counselors assess clients' risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as birth defects.
Genetic counselors work primarily in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers, university medical centers, and diagnostic laboratories. Most work full time.
Genetic counselors typically need a master’s degree in genetic counseling. Nearly all states require genetic counselors to be licensed, and licensure typically requires board certification.
The median annual wage for genetic counselors was $89,990 in May 2022.
Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 16 percent from 2022 to 2032, 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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