If the DNA sample came from a patient, the data will go back to the doctor’s office or hospital. Various genetic disorder screening methods are available based on DNA sequencing. Many of these have become routine such as fetal and newborn screening, especially based on familial history. Genetic counselors work with patients and family members identified to be at risk or carriers of a genetic disorder to help them better understand the results of their diagnosis and how to manage them. This includes helping to interpret the patient’s genetic information, reviewing available options, and identifying support groups.
Occupation: Genetic Counselor
Entry-level education: Master’s Degree
For more information:
National Society of Genetic Counselors