similar jobs to a geneticist
I am a student that thrives in my STEM classes. I also have good social skills, especially with children and people with special needs. My dream job would be a genetic counselor that meets with families who are about to have a child with a genetic disorder, to meet with those families in the future to check in, and to study the genes of individuals. I fear that there is not a job that allows me to do all three.
I majored in Genomics and Molecular Genetics in college, and I would say that being a Genetic Counselor sounds right up your alley if you want to be able to meet with families and have that social aspect, while also interpreting genetic information/results! Keep in mind that in order to be a Genetic Counselor, you have to apply for a Master's program after you receive your undergraduate degree (6 years total). In the meantime, I would do some job shadowing to determine if this is the career path for you, or if you'd prefer another profession.
Hope this helps!
I am a genetic counselor, and it sounds like you are interested in the field. Often patients are seen by genetic counselors through various stages of a diagnosis and family planning and in turn life. Seeing individuals throughout their life is very appealing to many individuals. In genetic counseling, we often see patients only a few times and do not follow with them long term. There are some instances though where there may be longer interactions like you described.
-Medical genetics setting: often these patients are seen every year or every few years for updated testing or updates to health related to a specific condition. A genetic counselor may have an opportunity to interact with families over time through this model.
-Research studies: Genetic counselors can work in research settings, which in some cases may lead to long-term interactions with patients and their families (depending on the study of course)
-Advocacy work: Genetic counselors (and many other types of professionals) can work with or as a part of advocacy groups. This also may allow for a longer term relationship as you described above.
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