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Genetic Counselor

 Daily Tasks
Works as a member of many laboratory teams, providing pre- and post-test consultation, technical support and genetic counseling expertise to referring physicians and health-care professionals. Coordinates and tracks specimens, reports results and serves as an educator and resource person. Genetic counselors specialize in the following areas: pediatric/adult, cancer, prenatal and laboratory.
Must demonstrate organizational skills, multitasking skills, ability to work independently as well as within a team, ability to work under pressure, human relation skills, ability to adjust to change, communication skills, analytical skills, problem-solving skills and a desire to be a lifelong learner.
 Work Setting
Laboratories on the Mayo campus
 Work Hours
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Master's degree in human genetics or genetic counseling from an approved program.
Board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or eligibility to sit for the board certification exam.
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, computer applications, health sciences, advanced biology, advanced chemistry, and advanced math