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Kendra Cherry

Have You Considered a Career as a Genetics Counselor?

By January 8, 2013

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Do you enjoy learning about human genetics? Does helping people make health decisions based upon their genetic information sound appealing to you? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you might be interested in the growing field of genetics counseling.

A genetics counselor is someone who offers advice and support to people at risk of inherited illness. Genetics counselors often work with other health care professionals including doctors and geneticists to help patients make decisions and explore their treatment options. For example, a pregnant woman might meet with a genetics counselor to learn more about possible preventative measures she might take after genetic testing shows that she has an inherited gene mutation that might put her at a greater risk for miscarriage.

While meeting with a client, a genetics counselor might obtain a family health history, discuss genetic disorders, talk about risk factors, offer treatment advice and refer the client to other specialists or resources in the community.

If this sounds like a job that might interest you, be sure to read this profile of a career as a genetics counselor.

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