Some alternative job titles for this role
- Biomedical Scientist
- Genetic Engineer
- Molecular Biologist
What the job involves
- Lab research
- Review, approve or interpret genetic lab results.
- Analyse genetic data to draw conclusions and publish research
- Extract DNA or perform diagnostic tests
- Communicate results of findings, for instance at conferences or in scientific journals
- Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, or technicians, working on genetics research projects.
How your career can develop
Geneticists working in research facilities, hospitals, universities can progress to be responsible for setting up and carrying out experiments and spearheading new research. Some manufacturing companies employ geneticists to work on research and development so a shift to industry is also a possibility, especially crops and livestock research. Medical genetic scientists and genetic consultants would be responsible for advising on the diagnosis and treatment of inherited conditions.
Why it matters?
Geneticists in China have discovered the secret for creating rice varieties that could improve breakfast, lunch and dinner for tens for tens of millions of people. Two teams of molecular geneticists, working independently, have identified a gene that controls both shape and texture and can be selected for without sacrificing the yield of the crop.
- Analytical skills
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking
- Abstract thinking (complex concepts)
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Research institutes
- Industry, especially pharmaceutical sector
- Biotechnology sector
- Graduate/Starting €33,000
- Senior/Potential €75,000+ after 10 years
Geneticists can begin working in an entry-level research role such as a laboratory assistant, usually with a bachelor’s degree focused on genetics and/or biology. Oher areas of study such as microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, forensics and bioinformatics/biostatistics may also be relevant. For those wishing to lead research or become a faculty member in a university or college, a doctoral level qualification (PhD) in genetics would usually be required. Many geneticists are experienced in programming languages such as Java, Perl, C, C++, Python and SQL.
Alternative routes to a bachelor’s degree in this area may apply to students that have a PLC qualification in a related course or general science certification or diploma. For further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following a PLC qualification, students should visit the CAO course search at Careersportal.ie.