The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Geneticists study gene characteristics to understand inheritance and variation in forms of life. They perform experiments to determine the effects of environmental factors on genes and devise methods for altering genes. They may specialize in genetic counseling for family planning.|
|Duties:||They conduct laboratory studies to discover methods of altering genes in order to breed animals and plants free of defects and more able to reproduce healthy offspring.
They study effects of environmental conditions or genes such as exposure to radiation, impact of certain types of medication, diets and injuries.
Conduct genetic analyses for and confer with potential parents to identify and counsel them about potential birth defects of their offspring.
They experiment with gene mutations to determine offspring ability to survive and reproduce. The determine long range impact of mutations on future generations.
|Degree(s):||A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of geneticists is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Scientists will be needed to take recent knowledge of how genes function within an organism to the next step so that medical treatments can be developed to treat various diseases.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$37,000 to $47,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||The usual requirement for an entry level position as a geneticist is a master' degree or Ph.D. in medical technology and biology. Courses in genetics, chemistry, microbiology, statistics and computer applications are essential. A bachelor's degree may qualify you for laboratory assistant positions in genetics.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.