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Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.

Work Activities
  • Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat genetic diseases.
  • Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
  • Write grants and papers or attend fundraising events to seek research funds.
  • Attend clinical and research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.
  • Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.
  • Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.
  • Collaborate with biologists and other professionals to conduct appropriate genetic and biochemical analyses.
  • Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.
  • Instruct medical students, graduate students, or others in methods or procedures for diagnosis and management of genetic disorders.
  • Evaluate genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.
  • Extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or perform diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
  • Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
  • Create or use statistical models for the analysis of genetic data.
  • Maintain laboratory safety programs and train personnel in laboratory safety techniques.
  • Conduct family medical studies to evaluate the genetic basis for traits or diseases.
  • Verify that cytogenetic, molecular genetic, and related equipment and instrumentation is maintained in working condition to ensure accuracy and quality of experimental results.
  • Design and maintain genetics computer databases.
  • Confer with information technology specialists to develop computer applications for genetic data analysis.
  • Analyze determinants responsible for specific inherited traits, and devise methods for altering traits or producing new traits.
  • Develop protocols to improve existing genetic techniques or to incorporate new diagnostic procedures.
  • Design sampling plans or coordinate the field collection of samples such as tissue specimens.
  • Plan curatorial programs for species collections that include acquisition, distribution, maintenance, or regeneration.
  • Participate in the development of endangered species breeding programs or species survival plans.
Skills
  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Active Learning

    Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Critical Thinking

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • Written Comprehension

    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

  • Written Expression

    The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

  • Inductive Reasoning

    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Knowledge
  • Biology

    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • English Language

    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Mathematics

    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $66,820/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $32.13/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 430
  • Yearly Projected Openings 10
Typical Education
Personality
Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort
Tools
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products
  • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
  • Gel documentation systems
  • Electron guns
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
Technology
  • Operating system software
  • Office suite software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.