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    Consider this career....Genetic Counselor

    A genetic counselor is a health care professional who provides genetic counseling services to individuals and families seeking information about the occurrence, or risk of occurrence, of a genetic condition or birth defect. Genetic counselors collect and interpret family, genetic, medical and psychosocial history information.  They analyze this information with their understanding of genetic principles and the knowledge of current technologies.  They can then provide clients and their families with information regarding the risk, prognosis, medical management, and diagnostic and prevention options for the specific situation.

    To pursue genetic counseling students must complete undergraduate coursework in General Chemistry, General Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Statistics, Psychology

    For more information see:

    American Board of Genetic Counselors

    National Society of Genetic Counselors

    These websites provide: a list of accredited programs, find a genetic counselor search engine, information about the profession, ability to view a simulated genetic counseling session


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