counseling sessionGenetic counselor was named one of the “25 Amazing Healthcare Support Jobs” for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing technological innovations, including improvements in lab tests and developments in genomics, which is the study of the whole genome, are giving counselors opportunities to conduct more types of analyses. (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Graduates of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling degree will be prepared for careers including genetic counselor, research scientist, or professor.

What is the career outlook for genetic counselors?

The genetic counseling profession is rapidly expanding and diversifying. Heightened public awareness, coupled with scientific advances in adult disorders and reproductive technologies, have increased the demand for genetic counselors in clinical, teaching, administrative, commercial, private practice, and consulting environments. This trend is expected to continue well into the 21st century and beyond.

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UAB Genetic Counseling Program Alumni Employment

Graduates of the UAB Genetic Counseling Program are prepared to work in a variety of settings including clinical practice, laboratory and industry positions. All graduates (100%) from the past three years (2018-2020) are employed as genetic counselors across the country in multiple areas of genetics and genomics.