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Genetic Counselor

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Job Description


Genetic counselors offer people advice and information about medical genetics, using their focused graduate degrees and training as health professionals.

Biology, genetics, psychology, public health, nursing, and similar fields all provide a springboard into this discipline.

When individuals want to undergo genetic testing to assess their disease risk, genetic counselors offer vital help with improving peoples' comprehension of genetic risk factors.

They highlight the meaning of genetics and disease as it relates to family, psychological condition, and overall medical care, and assist people in accepting these factors.

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Responsibilities

 

Genetic counselors also research family medical history, aiding individuals in pinpointing potential genetic predispositions so that they can get the tests they need most. 

They educate patients on the risks of contracting particular ailments based on genetic information and family histories.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Performing analyses on patient and family histories

  • Conducting genetic testing procedures

  • Performing genetic risk exams and consult patients

  • Educating individuals, family members, and loved ones on patient health risks

  • Counseling patients upon diagnosis and assist with management.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Genetic counselors typically work in clinical settings such as hospitals, doctor's offices, laboratories, research institutes, insurance companies, and various other areas throughout the healthcare industry. Most work the standard 40-hour week.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.04.2017
Masters Prepared Required The Medical Group of the Carolina is seeking a Genetic Counselor for their Medical Oncology Division. The Genetic Counselor will provide genetic counseling to patients identified with predisposing characteristics...
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06.24.2017
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09.16.2017
Department: Clinical Genomics A Life-Changing Career Position Summary: The Department of Clinical Genomics has an immediate opening for a full-time clinical genetic counselor. There will be a strong focus on cancer genetics and...
09.06.2017
Department: Center for Individualized Medicine A Life-Changing Career Responsibilities: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is pleased to announce new Genetic Counselor opportunities in the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM). CIM has been...
09.22.2017
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06.23.2017
This position is responsible for providing cancer genetic counseling consultation to clients with emphasis on personalized hereditary cancer risk assessment, education on appropriateness and availabiity of genetic tets, intrepretation, testing...
09.14.2017
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08.14.2017
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09.22.2017
SIGN-ON BONUS & RELOCATION ASSISTANCE may be available to qualified applicants! Please contact the recruiter for further details. In collaboration with physicians of the Cancer program, provides high-level independent genetic counseling....
09.05.2017
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08.08.2017
Masters Degree Summary Provides clinical genetic counseling services to patients and families. Prepares and presents case studies, lectures, and genetics education to physicians and healthcare professional. Maintains knowledge of developments...
04.28.2017
EDUCATION: Master's Degree in genetic counseling or medical genetics; BLS/CPR (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) Board eligible, certification required within 1 year of hire. State licensure must be pursued upon hire if not already...
09.22.2017
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09.21.2017
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