This information-packed online interactive focuses on genomic careers. The fields of genetics and genomics offer dozens of career possibilities, but few teachers – and even fewer students – know the intimate details about any of them: How much education do you need? How much can you earn? How will this career help others? What do people in these fields do every day?
A knowledgeable and friendly “virtual guide” leads the user through informal videos with engaging professionals working in the field. Career Profiles enable teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and students interested in careers in genetics and genomics to find answers – even ask their own questions – and to discover what careers interest them most.
Genomic Careers offers students an individualized experience when they register and log in to the site. After watching the welcome videos – an introduction to the website, and to the field of genomics – students choose from a wide variety of video conversations with very approachable experts working in genetic counseling, bioethics, robotics, research, molecular genetics, medicine, biomedical engineering, or management of a biotech/pharmaceutical company … as well as less obviously scientific areas such as education, social work, law, and the arts.
With a simple “click,” the video jumps to the section where an expert discusses a particular subject. Or take a guided video tour of some of the world’s most advanced facilities for ecogenomics, bioinformatics, sickle cell research, or sequencing research.
The interactive also contains Career Profiles that outline each genomics career, how much education it requires, employment outlook, working conditions and context, and typical salary. Using Career Tracker, students are encouraged to indicate their interests based on knowledge they’ve acquired from viewing the video interviews and career profiles. Still trying to pick a career? There’s no hurry: A student’s interests in certain videos or career profiles are tracked, saved to their personal account and even grouped into categories to show the types of careers that interest them most. Careers of interest are kept in the student’s account and available for future use upon sign-in to re-visit, or share with friends, teachers, or family.
Finally, the Genomics Challenge presents six randomly selected short videos of young professionals working in genomics/genetics. After hearing/seeing them describe their careers, students choose from five answers to identify exactly what career the person was talking about. Can you outwit your friends on this challenge?
Many young people today are fascinated by what they hear about genetics and genomics. But without knowing what careers exist, it’s hard to decide what to aim for. Teachers, guidance counselors, and parents are also challenged to keep up with opportunities in this rapidly growing field and career options that change year after year. This site answers many questions by hearing young professionals talk about their careers and how they make a difference.
For teachers, counselors, and students, Genomic Careers provides valuable information and resources that can guide educational and career paths. Presented in an accessible and interactive way, this resource may be the first step toward changing your own life as well as the world around you.
About the Creators:
Genomic Careers was developed by the Education and Community Involvement Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.