Geneticists are scientists who study genes and genetic patterns that affect our wellbeing and everyday behaviors. They may be medical physicians who treat and counsel patients with hereditary conditions, or researchers who study inherited diseases or develop pharmaceutical and agricultural products. Geneticists are innovators, analyzers and humanitarians whose work often influences our public knowledge of diseases and other health issues, and aims to provide solutions to identifiable patterns.
For roles in research, a bachelor’s degree in biology is the minimum educational requirement. Geneticists working as physicians require a PhD, a medical residency in genetics, and licensure to practice. Jobs for geneticists are expected to grow 11-13% by 2026.