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

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Currently Employed: 440

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $34.38 - $69.49

Typical Annual Salary: $71,500 - $144,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
  • Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.
  • Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
  • Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.
  • Write grants and papers or attend fundraising events to seek research funds.
  • Evaluate genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.
  • Extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or perform diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
  • Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.
  • Attend clinical and research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.
  • Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.

tools & technology

  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Electron guns
  • Gel documentation systems
  • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Office suite software
  • Operating system software

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