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.

Click on any of the following links to read about genetic counseling’s prognosis as a career.

Work in Genetics and Genomics at UAB

Want to teach and see patients? Want to conduct genomic research or work on clinical trials? Want to work in a world-renowned clinical laboratory and travel around the world?

Find out how you can do all that and more at UAB on our Genetic Counseling Jobs page.



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Ashley Cannon has been accepted to the prestigious Francis S. Collins Scholars Program for her work as a genetic counselor and a neuroscientist.

For more information, read about Ashley Cannon on the Meet our Alumni page.