Genetic Counselors

Genetic Counselors

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.

Key Competencies * Concern for Others * Integrity * Attention to Detail * Self Control * Cooperation * Dependability * Initiative * Analytical Thinking * Stress Tolerance * Adaptability/Flexibility

Representative Tasks * Discuss testing options and the associated risks, benefits and limitations with patients and families to assist them in making informed decisions. * Interpret laboratory results and communicate findings to patients or physicians. * Provide counseling to patient and family members by providing information, education, or reassurance.


Manufacturing, Professional Scientific & Technical Services, Construction, Government,

Job Family Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

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