Career Description

Genetic counselors help educate people about their chances of inheriting genetic disorders or diseases using information from a patient’s family medical history. They explain possible testing options and provide support to patients and family members. They also might educate other health care professionals, students and the public about genetic disorders.

Academic Requirements

A master’s degree in genetic counseling or a related field is required for most genetic counselor positions, and some states require licensure or certification.

Professional Organizations