Genetic Counselors


Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.
Also called: Genetic Counselor, Prenatal and Pediatric Genetic Counselor, Reproductive Genetic Counseling Coordinator, Senior Genetic Counselor

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • biology
  • psychology
    Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Business
  • customer service

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
    Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability

Technology:

    Medical software
  • Benetech PRA
  • BRCAPRO
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access
    Analytical or scientific software
  • Ftree
  • Pedigree drawing and management software

Education:

    master's degree
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