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By studying bacteria, bacterial geneticists learn more about human genetics and how to develop new antibiotics and defenses against infection.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$65,080
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Behavioral researchers consider advances in genomics and what they mean to healthcare, including how society will respond.

Research (Social Science)
Bachelor's Degree
$65,080
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Working in a newborn screening lab, biochemical geneticists test and treat society's newest members.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Ph.D.
$82,800
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As advances in genomic science challenge society's concepts of health and morality, bioethicists offer new insights and perspectives.

Research (Social Science)
Master's Degree
$68,570
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Bioinformaticians use mathematics and computer science to analyze chemical data on the molecular level, shedding new light on genome sequencing.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$65,080
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High school biology teachers are responsible for preparing students to become well-rounded members of an increasingly scientific society.

Education
Bachelor's Degree
$51,180
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Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine, helping create new technologies with a genetic twist.

Technology
Bachelor's Degree
$77,400
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Biostatisticians use mathematical methods to analyze data and discover new insights into human health.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Master's Degree
$72,610
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By taking note of the special traits that help plants and animals flourish, biologists can develop new methods to assist other organisms face environmental challenges.

Nature
Bachelor's Degree
$58,390
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Cytogenetics is the study of chromosomes, their structure, and their inheritance. This is a lab-based science that involves processing and analyzing chromosomes in order to detect and interpret chromosome abnormalities.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
M.D.
$140,000
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Clinical ethicists offer guidance to patients, their families, and healthcare professionals on ethical and legal issues regarding groundbreaking medical treatment options.

Policy and Law
Master's Degree
$68,642
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Comparative genomicists analyze the DNA of several species, looking for similarities and differences in terms of evolution and gene function. By doing so they can gain a better understanding of genomic and genetic health.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Ph.D.
$82,840
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Cultural anthropologists study the development of human society and culture, while physical anthropologists study human evolution, biological development, and variation. Physical anthropologists use DNA to understand the influence of genetics on humanity (and vice versa), while cultural anthropologists seek to explore social, historical, and political understanding of human identity. Cultural and physical anthropologists often work together to explore social and biological aspects of human identity and development.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$53,910
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Cytogenetics is the study of chromosomal morphology using microscopy and molecular techniques. Cytogenetic technologists analyze biological samples, such as blood, amniotic fluid and bone marrow to detect abnormalities that can be found in hereditary diseases, developmental problems, reproductive complications and cancers.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$52,000
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By studying environmental factors like microorganisms, environmental geneticists can determine how these factors affect genetic health, particularly in causing and preventing diseases.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$58,660
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By applying the principles of Darwinian evolution, evolutionary geneticists study changes among populations on a genetic level and gain new insights into long-term health for the community.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Ph.D.
$82,840
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Food scientists work to develop healthier, more reliable sources of crops that benefit society and are environmentally responsible to produce.

Nature
Bachelor's Degree
$59,520
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Forensic investigators collect and analyze physical evidence to help bring criminals to justice.

Policy and Law, Clinical Applications
Associate's Degree
$41,056
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Genealogists study family lineage, helping to establish a history which genetic researchers can use to determine possible illnesses family members might develop later on.

Research (Social Science)
High School Diploma
$54,530
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Genetic counselors work with patients who carry or are at risk of carrying genetic disorders, helping them understand the nature of their illnesses and how best to manage them.

Clinical Applications
Master's Degree
$54,832
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By rearranging fragments of DNA, genetic engineers develop organisms better suited to meet environmental challenges and suit the needs of modern medicine.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$82,840
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Genetic epidemiologists study the causes and spread of diseases among human populations, working toward minimizing the impact of genetic illnesses in various populations.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Master's Degree
$65,080
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Genetic nurses are specially trained to assist in the ongoing care of patients diagnosed with genetic conditions and diseases.

Clinical Applications
Bachelor's Degree
$62,450
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Health educators promote positive, healthy lifestyles in their communities by spreading information regarding health and responsible management of genetic disorders.

Education
Master's Degree
$51,149
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Hematologists are physicians that study, diagnose, and treat blood disorders. Some of the most common blood disorders include anemia and blood clots. Hematologist may also care for patients with certain cancers, genetic diseases, or illnesses that can result from hospitalization for other conditions. Hematology requires critical thinking and problem solving skills, and hematologists diagnose and treat complicated medical cases and design treatment plans for their patients. From identifying a genetic factor that increases ones risk of blood clots, to caring for a child with leukemia, to recommending a course of treatment for a patient with sickle cell anemia, hematologists face a variety of challenging cases.

Clinical Applications
M.D.
$236,000
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Companies that create innovative medical methods and products are entitled to protect their exclusive right to produce them. Intellectual property lawyers guide them through the complicated legal process.

Policy and Law
Doctor of Juris Prudence
$110,590
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Laboratory research assistants help carry out a variety of technical procedures under the direction of senior researchers and laboratory supervisors.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
High School Diploma
$53,500
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Medical geneticists are physicians who diagnose, treat, and support patients with genetic disorders and work as part of a team to minimize the impact of illnesses on patients' lives.

Clinical Applications
M.D.
$72,590
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Medical illustrators create visual media to help explain medical information to audiences.

Arts and Communication
Master's Degree
$56,330
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Molecular geneticists work to identify the causes of common genetic mutations and understand what environmental factors may lead to their development.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$65,080
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Nanotechnologists work on the microscopic atomic scale, a level on which materials behave differently and can be manipulated in surprising new ways, including those that can change the nature of human DNA.

Technology
Bachelor's Degree
$88,570
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Nutrigenomicists study the role of nutrition in gene health and also the genetic factors that influence nutritional requirements.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$65,080
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Oncologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and developing treatments to minimize or eliminate the threat of cancer.

Clinical Applications
M.D.
$275,868
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Organ transplant nurses have special training in assisting patients through the process of organ transplantation.

Clinical Applications
Associate's Degree
$62,450
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Though physiology is essentially the same from one person to the next, each person still reacts to medications and treatments differently. Pharmacogenomicists study how genetic makeup influences a person's treatment requirements.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Master's Degree
$72,590
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Physicians diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease.

Clinical Applications
M.D.
$242,000
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Physician assistants with a focus on genetics inform patients about genetic tests and make sure they fully understand the potential consequences to themselves and their families. They counsel patients before, during, and after treatment.

Clinical Applications
Bachelor's Degree
$81,230
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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 and plans.

Policy and Law
Bachelor's Degree
$74,675
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Population geneticists study the factors that influence evolution by tracking changes in the genetic composition of various populations.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Ph.D.
$82,840
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The president or chief executive officer (CEO) of a company oversees the company's direction, managing its employees and keeping its guiding principles and objectives in focus.

Management
Master's Degree
$158,560
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Proteomics is the study of the composition, structure, function, and interactions of the proteins that direct the activities of living cells.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Master's Degree
$82,840
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Public health administrators organize, coordinate, and monitor the delivery of services in public health facilities, clinics, and other settings.

Management
Bachelor's Degree
$80,240
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Public health geneticists promote dialogue among geneticists, physicians, and public health professionals, and stimulate new perspectives regarding the nature of genetic diseases and treatment.

Research (Social Science)
Master's Degree
$65,080
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Quality assurance coordinators ensure companies adhere to established standards, while quality assurance coordinators make sure employees have a safe, productive workplace.

Management
Bachelor's Degree
$62,250
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Registered nurses (RNs) play a vital role in hospitals and other healthcare settings. They are instrumental in conducting healthcare practices, following careful guidelines established by attending physicians, and seeing that their patients are on the road to recovery.

Clinical Applications
Bachelor's Degree
$62,450
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Reproductive specialists utilize their training in obstetrics, gynecology, and fertility to help patients conceive successfully.

Clinical Applications
M.D.
$326,000
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Theriogenologists specialize in animal reproductive health and help animals, especially endangered animals, conceive successfully.

Nature
D.V.M.
$79,050
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Robotics engineers use their skills to design new technologies that enhance genetic research, including machines that process large volumes of data efficiently and quickly.

Technology
Bachelor's Degree
$77,400
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Serving as a link between the science community and the general public, science writers interpret advances and new findings in a manner that informs the readers' daily lives.

Arts and Communication
Bachelor's Degree
$73,000
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Scientific directors are responsible for developing and guiding projects that allow institutions to tap into the potential generated by genomic and genetic breakthroughs.

Management
Bachelor's Degree
$83,896
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Sequencing center technicians assist in a variety of general, genetics-related laboratory tests.

Research (Basic and Clinical)
Bachelor's Degree
$38,400
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As genetic information grows by leaps and bounds, software designers develop the tools necessary to classify, analyze, and store it all efficiently.

Technology
Bachelor's Degree
$92,430
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Zoologists promote the continued health of animal populations, helping to strike a balance between animals, mankind, and their respective habitats.

Nature
Bachelor's Degree
$55,290
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