Genetic counselors are health care professionals who combine their knowledge of medical genetics and counseling theories to provide risk assessment, education, interpersonal communication, and support to clients and families.
Genetic counselors are employed in many settings such as medical centers, physician offices, health maintenance organizations, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, public health departments and biotechnology companies. Those in clinical practice often specialize in reproductive genetics, pediatric genetics, cancer genetics, neurogenetics, and cardiovascular genetics. Many genetic counselors are actively involved in industry, teaching, and research. The profession is growing rapidly with the number of certified genetic counselors increasing over 400 % since 1992.
For more information about the Genetic Counseling profession, please visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).