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Geneticist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Researches and studies the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Plant Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
  • Reviews, approves, or interprets genetic laboratory results.
  • Plans or conducts basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
  • Searches scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.
  • Writes grants and papers or attends fundraising events to seek research funds.
  • Evaluates genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.
  • Extracts deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or performs diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
  • Prepares results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.
  • Attends clinical and research conferences and reads scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.
  • Supervises or directs the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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