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What other jobs deal with genetics?

Genetics is an interesting topic to work with.

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While most careers in genetics begin and end with punnett squares and pedigrees in high school biology class, some individuals find the building blocks of life endlessly fascinating. Though they require at least four years of college, there are several careers available that cater to the interests of those who are passionate about unlocking the secrets of DNA and genes.
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Biological scientists who study genetics in a medical laboratory are sometimes referred to as geneticists. Geneticists look for genetic causes of diseases, and explore how genes might be manipulated to improve human health. One well-publicized project that geneticists have been working on for several years is the Human Genome Project, an effort to map the complete genetic code of human beings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a career as a geneticist usually requires a Ph.D. While the BLS does not track specific wage information for geneticists, biochemists and biophysicists reported an average income of $89,470 in 2012.
Animal Breeders
Animal breeders work in agriculture, carefully selecting parents in order to produce desirable traits in offspring. For example, horses may be bred for strength or speed, while cows may be bred for milk production. Breeders must keep meticulous pedigrees of animal traits in order to breed successfully. Animal breeders usually need a bachelor's degree in either genetics or animal science. As of 2012, these workers reported an average income of $37,230.
Plant Scientists
Plant scientists study the genes of plants used in agricultural. By manipulating their genetic code or breeding them, they can produce plants that have better yields, are more adaptable to certain climates, or are more resistant to insects or disease. Some work for large agricultural firms, while others work in research and development firms or at colleges and universities. This career usually requires at least a bachelor's degree. As of 2012, plant scientists earned an average income of $63,290.
Genetic Counselors
Genetic counselors work primarily in hospitals, medical offices and other healthcare facilities. They meet with patients to assess their risk of inheriting or passing on genetic defects. They begin by collecting family medical history and conducting a pedigree. Once a diagnosis has been made, they help patients understand how a condition is likely to progress. Genetic counseling careers require a master's degree in genetic counseling. As of 2012, the average annual income for this career was $55,820.