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Elana Altman | Her Campus

September 27, 2010



Genetic Counselor



What it is: Counseling families about inherited diseases. Genetic counselors meet with pregnant women or couples who are planning a family to help assess the risk that their child could have a disease that is passed down through genes, like Down Syndrome or Tay Sachs. Once a couple knows their risk level, the genetic counselor explains their options for raising a family and guides their decision-making process.

How you get there: Licensed genetic counselors must get a master’s degree in the field from an accredited master’s program, as well as pass a certification exam. Master’s degree programs all have different prerequisites, but most prefer students who majored in biology or a social science. They also look for applicants with genetic counseling internships or other counseling experience.

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