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Biochemical Geneticist in a Newborn Screening Lab

Overview

Description

Advances in genetics have led to developments in biochemical tests that can detect diseases and disorders. A biochemical geneticist can help diagnose and inform treatment for newborns, leading to healthier, longer lives for the infants.

Biochemical geneticists participate in newborn screening programs, making diagnoses and offering counseling and managing care to the infants' families. They work diligently to uncover inborn errors and anticipate possible threats to long-term health.

Career Outlook

Genetics ranks as one of the fastest growing fields in biological science. Geneticists who work to detect and treat diseases are in high demand.

New techniques to detect and treat diseases will accelerate research in human genetics. The demand for newborn screening will continue to increase as the benefits of testing become better understood by physicians and the general public.

Working Conditions & Context

Biochemical geneticists typically carry out their work in laboratory settings, specifically in hospitals and medical centers. They may be employed by commercial research facilities, universities, or by noncommercial research organizations.

Exacting genetic and metabolic tests require strict adherence to test protocols and exacting laboratory standards.

Salary Information

A typical Salary Range for this career is $44,300 - $139,400 annually.

The Median Income for this career is about $82,800 annually.

Education Information

Education

Biochemical geneticists must have a solid background in biological science. A Bachelor's degree is only the first step. Anyone wishing to conduct research into biochemical genetics must work toward a Ph.D.

Those with a background in biochemical genetics may also consider a more academic career working as a university professor. As they advance in stature in this career track, they may be given opportunities to participate in research projects or conduct their own.

Certification & Licensing:

Certification is administered by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Other Resources

Related Careers

Genetic Counselor, Public Health Geneticist, Reproductive Specialist

More Information

Policymakers Symposium Highlights: "Issues in Newborn Genetics Screening in California"
http://www.phi.org/pdf-library/Genetics_Symposium.pdf

The National Newborn Screening and Genetics Research Center
http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu

The University of Utah: Genetic Science Learning
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/health/ngs

NIH Office of Science Education LifeWorks
http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.nsf/Alphabetical+List/Biochemist+and+Biophysicist?OpenDocument&ShowTab=2&

The American Board of Medical Genetics
http://www.abmg.org

Columbus Children's Hospital
http://www.columbuschildrens.com

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
http://www.asbmb.org

The American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.aaas.org

* Information regarding income is cited from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
** More than a minimum degree may be required for some careers.