In high school, prospective geneticists should have an excellent foundation and grades not just in science but also in mathematics; college education will be heavy in these particular fields.
Most schools do not offer an undergraduate genetics program. Those interested in this career major in biology, molecular biology, or some other similar course. They then proceed to graduate programs (masters and doctorates degrees) in genetics. However, a medical geneticist goes into medicine first before he or she may specialize in genetics. Those who are medical geneticists start off as medical doctors who then specialize in genetics. Some specialize even further into various genetics subfields like biochemical genetics or molecular genetics pathology.
Because genetics is a graduate level course, students typically start off as biologists on the road to becoming geneticists. They might also begin as professionals of one of the subfields of biology, like botany or zoology.
What are Geneticists like?
Based on our pool of users, geneticists tend to be predominately investigative people.
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Geneticists by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 146 Sokanu users
Are Geneticists happy?
as moderately happy among
careers. Overall they rank in the 51st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Geneticist Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Geneticists
The most common degree held by geneticists is Biology.
10% of geneticists had a degree in biology before becoming geneticists. That is over 3 times the average across all careers.
Genetics graduates are the second most common among geneticists, representing 7% of geneticists in the Sokanu user base, which is 81.6 times the average.
Geneticist Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Geneticist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.