2017 Genetic Counselors
Median Pay: US$72,090
Entry Level: Master's degree
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

Genetic counselors typically do the following:

  • Interview patients to obtain comprehensive individual family and medical histories
  • Evaluate genetic information to identify patients or families at risk for specific genetic risks
  • Write detailed consultation reports to provide information on complex genetic concepts for patients or referring physicians
  • Discuss testing options and the associated risks, benefits, and limitations with patients and families
  • Counsel patients and family members by providing information, education, or reassurance regarding genetic risks and inherited conditions
  • Participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in genetics and genomics

Genetic counselors identify specific genetic disorders or risks through the study of genetics. A genetic disorder or syndrome is inherited. For parents who are expecting children, counselors use genetics to predict whether a baby is likely to have hereditary disorders, such as Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis, among others. Genetic counselors also assess the risk for an adult to develop diseases with a genetic component, such as certain forms of cancer.

Counselors identify these conditions by studying patients' genes through DNA testing. Medical laboratory technologists perform lab tests, which genetic counselors then evaluate and use for counseling patients and their families. They share this information with other health professionals, such as physicians. For more information, see the profiles on medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians and physicians and surgeons.

According to a 2014 survey from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, approximately three-fourths of genetic counselors work in traditional areas of genetic counseling: prenatal, cancer, and pediatric. The survey noted that the number of specialized fields for genetic counselors has increased. More genetic counselors are specializing in fields such as cardiovascular health, genomic medicine, neurogenetics, and psychiatry.

Genetic Counselor - Maternal Fetal Care

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
LOCATION: Women's Hospital, WHG-MFM CenterCITY: GreensboroJOB DETAILS:Exempt: Yes | FTE: 1.0 (40 hours/week) | Schedule: Mon - Friday | On Call: NOJOB SUMMARY:Cone Health is excited to grow the maternal fetal medicine presence in the Greensboro community and establish its own maternal fetal...
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Greensboro, NC

Genetic Counselor

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position SummaryRocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Colorado's largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care has an exciting opportunity for a Genetic Counselor in Colorado Springs.Responsibilities:Provide genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer,...
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Colorado Springs, CO

Genetic Counselor

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OverviewGenetic CounselorFull Time, 80 hours per pay period, Day ShiftWelcome to Thompson Cancer Survival Center. We are more than a world class cancer center. We are a cancer survival center, where leading cancer specialists use the most advanced technologies to achieve breakthrough successes in...
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Genetic Counselor - Clinical Cancer Genetics

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are hiring agenetic counselor for our Clinical Cancer Genetics department! TheClinical Cancer Genetics Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center is dedicatedto providing hereditary cancer risk assessment and consultation services.Our multidisciplinaryteam is comprised of specially trained genetic...
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