Career

Science and Research

 

Geneticist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies genes and the role that genes and heredity play in health and disease or in populations. May diagnose, counsel and treat patients with genetic diseases and disorders, or conduct research to identify genetic disorders. May research genetic interactions with environmental factors or research and develop genetic modification in plant populations.

Job Outlook

There were 25 Geneticist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1205 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Biologist industry, which includes the Geneticist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Geneticist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,632.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,054.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Geneticist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $64,591.

Education and Experience

Posted Geneticist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree17%
Master's Degree42%
Doctoral Degree40%
Other1%

Posted Geneticist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years11%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Geneticist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (67%)
  • Communication Skills (46%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (40%)
  • Troubleshooting (26%)
  • Problem Solving (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Biology (49%)
  • Molecular Biology (46%)
  • Genomics (43%)
  • Experiments (36%)
  • Genetics (35%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Biotechnology (20%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (13%)
  • Experimental Design (12%)
  • Biomarkers (12%)
  • Chemistry (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Molecular Genetics (7%)
  • Mammalian Cell Culture (6%)
  • Virology (6%)
  • Proteomics (6%)
  • DNA Analysis (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Geneticist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Associate Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Clinical Geneticist
  • Biologist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Geneticist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (28)
  • Ptc Therapeutics Incorporated (23)
  • Sanofi Aventis (22)
  • Johnson & Johnson (20)
  • Spark Therapeutics (20)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (3)
  • Duke University (2)
  • Syngenta (2)
  • Mission Hospitals (1)
  • North Carolina State University (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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