In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Assessing patients’ risk of inheriting or passing on genetic conditions.
- Providing resources and support to patients at risk of inheriting or passing on genetic conditions.
- Preparing consultation reports for patients and their physicians explaining complex genetic information.
- Explaining to patients about their options for genetic testing, as well as the potential risks, benefits, and limitations of the tests.
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Typically requires a master’s degree, including clinical rotations to provide supervised work experience.
Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC) certification is required for licensure in states that license genetic counselors. Even in states where it is not required, certification could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
Licensure is currently required in 34 states, and many additional states are considering legislation to regulate genetic counselor practice.