Genetic Counselor

When someone learns that they have a genetic disease or are at risk of developing one, a genetic counselor gives them information about the disease as well as guidance on treatment options. It is a job that requires a firm grasp of genetic and medical issues, an ability to translate scientific jargon into plain language, and counseling skills so that patients will not feel hopeless or overwhelmed. Genetic counselors are often part of a medical practice or research team, meaning they work with geneticists, physicians, and administrators to provide a range of services to patients. Most genetic counselors have a Master’s degree in genetic counseling and a certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

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