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what do genetic councilors usually do?

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Nija’s Answer

Hi Jayme! I hope all is well. I am glad that you are asking for information about becoming a Genetic Counselor. The work life of a Genetic Counselor involves determinating risk factors for heredity diseases and disorders in patients. A Genetic Counselor provides education, assessment, and counseling to patients and their families. Genetic counselors also interpret genetic testing, provide supportive counseling, and serve as patient advocates. They are found working in healthcare settings such as hospitals, doctor's offices, genetic testing laboratories, research studies, public health, insurance companies and other areas of healthcare.

A master's degree in the field is required and some states mandate licensure for this profession.

Nija recommends the following next steps:

Continue to do your research about the field of Genetic Counseling. You can conduct a google search by typing Genetic Counseling or you can refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook website. In addition, you can go to your local library to obtain books.
Explore colleges that offers the program of Genetic Counseling. Schedule an opportunity to discuss about becoming a Genetic Counselor with a faculty person at any college. Also, you may want to interview genetic counselors at a healthcare facility or a hospital to get more information about the field.
Be open to volunteering or doing an internship to observe and learn the day to day responsibilities of a genetic counselor to make sure that you have an interest to pursue this field.
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Muneeba’s Answer

Hi,genetic counseling is the process of investigating individuals and families affected by or at risk of genetic disorders to help them understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease; this field is considered necessary for the implementation of genomic medicine.Do pregnancy counselling and prenatal genetic screening. Main goal is to reduce the risk of genetical disorders.
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Kayli’s Answer

Hi Jayme, thank you for your question and expression of interest in this field. I am currently a genetic and genomic counselling student. From my experience it is such an awarding role, and is on the list of one of the best job satisfactions. It is such a rewarding role and I would suggest it to anyone who has an interest in sciences, counselling, psychology and psychosocial impacts on patients and individuals.

The best way of describing genetic counselling is:
It's the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. It involves interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence, education about inheritance, management, prevention, resources and research and counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation tot he risk or condition (Journal of genetic counselling, 2006).

Hope that helps, feel free to reach out.
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