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Without Geneticists, we would not have the answers to many questions such as why one person has blue eyes while another person has brown, why is the shape of a son’s hand very similar to the shape of his father’s hand, or why are some families more prone to cancer, Alzheimer’s, or other diseases? A Geneticist works in both scientific and medical fields in gaining a better understanding of mutation, cell growth, and reproduction.

What is Genetics

In summary, Genetics is the study of heredity, and ways in which traits are passed down from one generation to another. The role of a Geneticist is crucial to many things such as cancer research, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s, unborn defects, and more for example. Geneticists are involved in unlocking many secrets of life, spending the majority of their time in a laboratory. Within this science, there are a number of different areas of study, which include:

  • Molecular Genetics (study of molecular processes underling gene function and structure)
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Transmission Genetics (study of genome modification through various, external applications such as DNA)
  • Laboratory Geneticist (study of genetic technology applications)
  • Genetic Counselor (study of nursing and/or consultation)
  • Qualifications in Genetics

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Genetics will need to complete a relevant science course. These courses may include initial study all science fundamentals with specialization in genetics, which can typically be a achieved through a genetics major in a Bachelor of Science degree. However, keep in mind that if the Geneticist plans to pursue a specialty subfield, then additional courses would need to be completed. Some of the areas covered through a genetics course include:

  • Biochemical Genetics
  • Classical Human Genetics
  • Red Cell Membranes
  • Modern Human Genomics
  • Genes – Clinical and Social Issues
  • New Molecular Techniques in Cytogenetics
  • Genes and Cancer
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Medicine in the New Millennium
  • Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Clinical Implications of the Human Genome Project
  • Genomics
  • Genes, Race, and Evolution
  • Genetics of Common Disorders

  • For individuals interested in completing a degree in Genetics, in addition to the standard avenues taken by many people, the degree will also open doors for other occupations, some of which include:

  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Zoology
  • Genetics Jobs

    A degree in Genetics can lead to many careers in different areas, for example:

  • In the area of Medicine, genetics graduates may be involved in the area of human genetics in which they may be involved in researching the identification and treatment of genetic diseases.

  • In the area of Agriculture, genetics graduates may be involved in plant breeding for the horticulture and viticulture industries. You may work to create disease resistant and more fruitful plants.

  • Types of Genetics Jobs


  • Medical genetics
  • Genetic counseling
  • Gene therapy
  • Organ transplantation, fertility, and reproduction
  • Pharmaceutical industry and suppliers
  • Pharmacogenomics

  • Agriculture and Wildlife

  • Genetic modification of foods and seeds
  • Biopesticide and neutriceutical development
  • Animal Breeding

  • Science

  • Sequencing of many organisms, including human
  • Biotechnology
  • Functional genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Microbial genetics

  • Other

  • Secondary and tertiary teaching
  • Management
  • Scientific publishing
  • Sales and marketing science related products
  • Law in Patent specialties
  • Gene and paternity testing
  • DNA forensics
  • In the Military in Biological and chemical warfare protection