What does a molecular genetics technologist do?
Molecular genetics technologists work in labs and study the role of genetics in medicine. Technologists analyze a patient’s DNA to research, diagnose and treat many different diseases and disorders, such as cancers and congenital and nervous system disorders.
Technologists can specialize in cardiovascular medicine, cytogenetics, hepatitis, HIV, immunology and many more areas. They can also work in administrative, teaching, quality control and technical specialist positions.
People they work with: Pathologists and scientists
Where they work: Hospitals, research universities, private labs, and private companies
Career outlook for a molecular genetics technologist
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and clinical lab technologists, which include molecular genetics technologists, is projected to increase faster than average. The genetics field is expected to grow for many years and the emphasis on personalized medicine will increase the demand for technologists who can perform complex genetic testing.