Careers in Genomics
Scientists and thousands of other professionals are using discoveries in genetics to revolutionize the world. This means careers in genetics and genomics are booming. And there are many other careers you don’t usually think of as science, like education, social work, and even law and the arts that are affected by this growth, creating even more career opportunities.
Computational Genomics and Data Scientist
Scientists develop and apply analytical methods and mathematical modeling techniques to the study of genomic systems. They use computational tools and approaches to organize, analyze and visualize data from genomic sciences and genomic medicine research.
Technologists innovate fundamentally new solutions, develop those innovations into useful tools, show those new tools work with exemplar work, disseminate their findings and approaches, and provide a path to commercialization and utilization in basic research and clinical settings.
Genomic researchers study genes effect on physical traits and how multiple genes and their inter relationships influence the growth and development of an organism.
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research
ELSI researchers investigate the ethical, legal, social or policy implications of genetics and genomics related to patient care and research. ELSI investigators have backgrounds in medicine, genetics, biological sciences, social sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, health services research, public policy or other related disciplines.
Genomic Medicine Clinician
Clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, and physician assistants that apply genomic information about an individual as part of their clinical care (e.g. for diagnostic or therapeutic decision-making).
Clinical and Laboratory Geneticist
Doctors with either a Ph.D. or M.D. that specialize in providing comprehensive laboratory, diagnostic, management, and genetic counseling services for patients with, or at risk for, genetically influenced health problems.
Genetic counselors are professionals with education in genomics and counseling that specialize in helping patients and families make decisions about their genomic health and adapt to genomic risk.
How could you impact people’s lives
From prenatal genetic screening to the genetic testing of women with family histories of breast cancer, genomics is rapidly becoming a fixture in our lives.
Genomic findings are also beginning to guide treatments for other common diseases and the right dose of medications. Other exciting clinical genomic advances involving the study of rare diseases.
Where can you work
Impact future generations of scientist and science by educating students and performing grown braking research in your laboratory.
From new biotechnology start-ups, including starting your own company, to large pharmaceutical companies an education in genomics lead you to exciting opportunities developing new medications and products that have not even been conceived today.
Assist other with their health needs as a healthcare provider in either your own office or as part of a team of professionals in a large academic research hospital where you can teach, perform research and treat patients.
Government jobs offer a wide range of opportunities to be involved in genomics research from working as a researcher in a laboratory or a clinician in a hospital to forging the future of scientific research as science administrator.
Last updated: March 31, 2020