What Tools and Technologies Are Genetic Counselors Using to Do Their Job?



Table top centrifuges

Phosphor imagers

Personal computers

Microplate readers

High speed centrifuges

Gel documentation systems

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Fluorescent microscopes

Differential interference microscopes


Benchtop ultracentrifuges

Automated deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sequencers


Benetech PRA


Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool


CyrillicSoftware Cyrillic

FileMaker Pro


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Jurek Software Pedigree-Draw

Medgen PED



Pedigree drawing and management software

Progeny Software Progeny Clinical


Wageningen MapChart

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What Does a Genetic Counselor Do?

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.

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How Much Experience is Needed to Become a Genetic Counselor?

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 100% said they needed a Master's Degree.

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What Skills Should a Genetic Counselor Have?

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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What Subjects Should I Study to Become a Genetic Counselor?


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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