Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.Work Environment
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.How to Become a Genetic Counselor
Genetic counselors typically need a master’s degree in genetic counseling or genetics, and board certification.Pay
The median annual wage for genetic counselors was $85,700 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 26 percent from 2020 to 2030, 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.State & Area Data
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