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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. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Geneticists by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 197 Sokanu users

Are Geneticists happy?


Geneticists rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 53rd 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. 25% of Geneticists had a degree in Biology before becoming Geneticists. That is over 7 times the average across all careers. Genetics graduates are the second most common among Geneticists, representing 23% of Geneticists in the Sokanu user base, which is 220.1 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.

Degree % of Geneticists % of population Multiple
Biology 25.3% 3.6% 7.1×
Genetics 22.7% 0.1% 220.1×
Molecular Biology 10.7% 0.4% 25.6×
Neuroscience 10.7% 0.6% 19.3×
Chemistry 8.0% 1.1% 7.6×
Psychology 8.0% 6.9% 1.2×
Statistics And Decision Science 6.7% 0.3% 20.5×
Ecology 5.3% 0.2% 29.4×
Environmental Science 4.0% 1.1% 3.7×
Biochemical Sciences 4.0% 0.5% 7.9×
Microbiology 4.0% 0.2% 24.9×
Naval Engineering 4.0% 0.0% 95.1×
Nursing 4.0% 0.4% 9.1×
Community And Public Health 4.0% 0.8% 4.8×

Geneticist Education Levels

87% of Geneticists have a doctorate degree. 7% of Geneticists have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 7%
Master's degree 7%
Doctorate degree 87%

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