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Policy Maker/Analyst



Policy makers/analysts engage in the planning and support functions that impact development of public policy. Because changes in genetics and genomics have social, political, economic, and healthcare implications, policy experts consider all angles of new developments and evaluate their impact on business and government policies.

Policy makers/analysts prepare reasoned solutions to anticipated developments. This involves understanding the present situation and the factors that contribute to it, in addition to the courses of action that result from new developments. They may be deeply involved in developing research policy for funding decisions at high levels of government.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities for policy makers/analysts are expected to grow as industry and government seek to foster economic growth and social welfare.Growth will also be impacted by the complexity and importance of the issues raised by the technologies and basic knowledge generated through research and a need to fit these tools within the context of our societal values.

Working Conditions & Context

Policy makers concerned with genomics and genetics interact closely with scientists to better understand subjects relevant to future developments in technology, industry, economics, and healthcare. They work primarily in offices, and considerable time is spent communicating, traveling and interacting with the public. They also work with government officials and legislators, professional organizations, and industry leaders.

Salary Information

A typical Salary Range for this career is $40,244 - $105,124 annually.

The Median Income for this career is about $74,675 annually.

Education Information


There is no single specific educational path for someone interested in becoming a policy maker, though many are lawyers, political scientists or scientists. Regardless, policy makers must have a thorough knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes, including an understanding of how policy is translated into action and how it evolves in response to change and innovation. Policy makers concerned with genetics and genomics should have a good understanding of those fields.

Policy makers typically have at least a Bachelor's degree. The most successful policy makers will obtain a Master's degree or higher, though in this field experience and talent are most important.

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Other Resources

More Information

The Association of Management Consulting Firms

The US Office of Personnel Management

The Institute of Management Consultants USA

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Science and Technology Policy Fellows

American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars

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