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What Can You do With a Masters Degree in Genetics?

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Job Titles:

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  • Animal Researcher
  • Plant Analyst
  • Genetic Research Associate
  • Genetics Program Project Manager
  • Research scientist (medical)/Research scientist (life science) - working in universities and hospitals, geneticists conduct research in a wide range of areas. Academic research, often in short, fixed-term posts, is usually only available to those with a good first degree and a postgraduate qualification (usually a PhD).
    Scientific laboratory technician - has a 'hands on' role, applying genetic technology to fields such as agriculture, forensic science, pharmaceutical development and clinical medicine, using their skills in gene cloning, manipulation and expression of genes.
  • Counselor (NHS/private practice) - provides information and support to families whose members have genetic disorders or to people at risk from inherited conditions. The job involves counselling, education and administration.
  • Clinical molecular geneticist - uses biochemical and molecular biology techniques to identify genetic abnormalities associated with various types of diseases. They screen individuals both before and after the appearance of symptoms.
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Geneticist
  • Research Geneticist (Plants)
  • Biological Science Lab Technician (Molecular Biology)
  • Research Leader
  • Genetics Engineer
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Genetic Technologist
  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Live Materials Technician
  • Field Applications Specialist
  • Molecular Genetics Technician
  • Genetics Counselor
  • University Faculty
  • Human Genetics Scientist
  • Clinical cytogeneticist - recognises genetic disorders and birth defects. The NHS provides training for two areas: clinical cytogeneticists, who study chromosomes from patients’ blood, tissue or fluid samples and assist clinicians with diagnosis of genetic disease; and clinical molecular geneticists who examine DNA for single or other gene abnormalities and confirm diagnosis of genetic disorders.
  • Clinical scientist, histocompatibility and immunogenetics - matches tissue for transplantation and other medical operations. Several tests are required to ensure optimum matching between donors and patients, and clinical scientists are responsible for advising clinicians as to which donor is the best match.
  • Clinical research associate - sets up, monitors and completes clinical trials.
  • Medical sales representative - a key link between pharmaceutical companies and medical and healthcare professionals. They work strategically to increase the awareness and usage of a company's pharmaceutical and medical products in settings such as general practices, primary care trusts and hospitals.
  • Physiological scientist - a healthcare scientist, usually based in a hospital. Operates and is responsible for the maintenance of a range of highly complex equipment used to diagnose disease and treat patients.

Places of Employment:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Large producers of seed, livestock and poultry
  • Large fur breeding farms
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • Genome Research Centers
  • Air pollution control
  • Government laboratories
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Genetic Alliance
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (NTSAD)
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Children’s Hospital

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