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Geneticist

Geneticists study genes to work out how cells and organisms behave.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024

+2.64%

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of biology
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • science skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • use laboratory techniques to prepare and analyse samples of genetic tissue
  • record and interpret the results of experiments and tests
  • use data and statistics to develop computer models of genes
  • write reports for other professionals
  • report and publish your findings in scientific papers
  • plan lectures and teach students
  • supervise, train and mentor other laboratory staff

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a university, in a laboratory or at a research facility.

As a research geneticist, with experience you may be able to work your way up to laboratory supervisor or clinical study manager. Lecturing in a university or teaching may also be an option.

You could move into scientific sales or, with further studies, qualify as a genetic counsellor.

You can find out more about careers in genetics from The Genetics Society and the The British Society for Genetic Medicine.

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