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I want a career with genetic invovled and i need help finding narrowing down the list.

Hi my name is ilianny. i am a junior in high school in lynn Massachusetts. i always wanted to be a geneticist but i dont know what majors i have to take in order to purse that career. i also love forensics. i need help figuring out what colleges are good for this career and what maajors and minors i need to be able to do this. #career #medicine #bio #genetics #geneticist #forensics

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Stephen’s Answer

In addition to the careers mentioned, including research in genetics, (such as a masters degree or PhD in genetics), and also genetic counseling, you can ultimately go to medical school after college and specialize in Medical Genetics. For any of these, a good science background in college is important, including courses in genetics, and maybe a genetics research project in a lab while you are in college. The field of genetics is growing rapidly, so there are many opportunities now in genetics. Good luck!
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Luz’s Answer

Hello Ilianny! I am currently a Ph.D. student studying Human Genetics & Genomics. There are schools that offer different programs though. I would look into each of your top schools and see if they have a genetics major. If not, another science major is okay such as Biology or Bioinformatics. After undergraduate college, you can apply to get either a master's or Ph.D. in genetics. You could also look into going into a genetic counselor program instead. Hope that helps!
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Mansi’s Answer

Ilianny, There are many programs that offer training in Genetics. If you are interested in Genetic Counseling then please take a look at this program. https://www.bcm.edu/education/school-of-health-professions/genetic-counseling-program
This link also has a video showing why students chose this link.

For a Bachelors Program you should study courses that include but are not limited to Genetics, Cell and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, and Statistics and Data Analysis.
If you are interested in Genetics research then a PhD program in Genetics would be good for you.

Mansi recommends the following next steps:

https://www.bcm.edu/education/school-of-health-professions/genetic-counseling-program
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Brittany’s Answer

Hello :) It's hard to give you a full answer without a breakdown of a target area for the second half of your question, but the link below should get you started on an idea of what may be your career passion. The same site has information on degrees and certifications needed, schools available, interview and training preps, etc. Hope this helps!

https://www.ashg.org/careers-learning/career-flowchart/
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