June 14, 2016
(Science) – For scientists who want to use their genetics knowledge to help patients while also potentially keeping a foot in research, genetic counseling can offer uniquely rewarding career opportunities. It is still a young profession, with few Ph.D. holders having made the transition thus far, but it presents exciting options to those who make the leap. Today, the number of genetic counselors remains small across the globe. In 2014, 2400 genetic counselors were employed in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) currently counts more than 4000 certified professionals in the United States and Canada.
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