Genetic Counselors:

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $69,280.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 53
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 29.51 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Customer Service
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Conflict Management
Intellectual Risk-taking
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Develop treatment plans
Develop patient therapy programs
Develop medical treatment plans
Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Treat psychological disorders and issues
Assist clients in handling details of daily life
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Conduct individual, group, or family interventions
Conduct behavior modification
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Solve clinical problems
Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Administer drug screening tests
Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Perform emergency medical procedures

Getting Information

Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress
Research medical or health improvement issues
Gather medical information from patient histories
Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals
Collect clinical data
Conduct clinical investigations
Collect information about clients
Research human or animal disease or parasites
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Conduct medical laboratory tests
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures
Conduct genetic research
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Conduct biological research
Study animal development
Collect scientific or technical data
Collect statistical data
Collect information about community health needs
Study development of microscopic organisms
Develop biological research methods
Conduct field research

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise clients or community groups on health issues
Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues or problems
Refer patients or clients to community services or resources
Match clients to public or community services
Counsel family members of clients or patients
Counsel clients or patients regarding substance abuse issues
Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients
Advise individuals regarding marriage
Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers
Counsel individuals concerning diet
Advise others on psychological, social services, or mental health issues
Refer individuals to educational or work programs
Arrange physical or mental health services for clients
Advise medical personnel or colleagues on health or disease-related issues
Help clients get needed services or resources
Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues
Advise others on scientific or research based issues
Advise scientific or research personnel
Advise others on the development or use of new technologies
Advise authorities or others on the management of emergency situations, radiation incidents, or hazardous conditions

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze medical or health data
Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals
Examine test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment
Perform medical research
Calculate medical diagnostic test results
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze biological samples
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Analyze organic compounds
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Examine biological material specimens
Perform biological testing
Examine patients
Perform community, social, or health services related research
Interpret psychological test results
Analyze biological material samples
Analyze blood samples
Isolate microorganisms
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Interpret research or operational data
Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures

Training and Teaching Others

Prepare medical reports
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Prepare medical reports or presentations
Prepare healthcare training materials
Organize training procedure manuals
Teach behavior modification techniques
Prepare scientific or research based technical reports or presentations
Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments
Plan social behavior learning activities
Train medical providers
Train staff members in social services skills
Conduct health training programs
Provide nutritional instruction to individuals or families
Develop training programs
Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families
Lead classes or community events
Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures
Teach medical laboratory procedures
Teach social skills
Establish standards for products, processes, or procedures
Instruct college students in physical or life sciences

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Evaluate patient or client response to therapy or treatment
Identify physical or emotional abuse
Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
Evaluate mental health conditions or disorders
Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs
Evaluate patient functioning and capabilities
Determine social service program status
Evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
Conduct program evaluations
Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients
Evaluate new technologies or methods
Perform peer review evaluations of research, publications, or grants

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor client progress
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress
Maintain confidentiality of data
Monitor operations to ensure compliance with safety or security policies or regulations
Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments
Monitor children to detect signs of ill health or emotional disturbance
Maintain safe work environment
Store medical laboratory specimens
Maintain safe environment for children
Monitor animal behavior, health, or condition

Documenting/Recording Information

Record medical history
Manage clinical or social case records
Maintain dental or medical records
Record client's personal data
Document medical prognosis
Maintain client records
Write reports or evaluations
Maintain records for social service programs
Record research or operational data
Maintain scientific records, reports, or files
Record test or inspection results, procedures, or data
Complete documentation required by programs or regulations
Write technical health or medical documents

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others

Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members
Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members
Conduct medical presentations
Explain genetic data
Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress
Present social services program information to the public
Recommend further study or action based on research data
Write scholarly or technical research documents
Explain testing procedures to patient
Maintain knowledge of new and existing drug products
Conduct psychological, social services, or mental health related presentations
Present research results to others
Conduct scientific or research related presentations
Explain results of statistical analyses using graphs
Explain uses or effects of drugs

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments
Confer with professionals concerning treatment
Conduct meetings with clients and customers
Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment
Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs
Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
Respond to parent or student concerns
Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists
Collaborate with professionals from other disciplines and backgrounds
Resolve academic problems
Respond to employee concerns

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement sanitation practices in health care settings
Follow safety procedures and regulations in medical or medical support environments
Identify symptoms of addiction, withdrawal, or detoxification
Implement pollution control techniques
Administer standardized or state-mandated assessments
Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments
Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests
Diagnose medical conditions
Implement health or sanitation standards
Identify animal disease or parasites
Identify insect disease or parasites
Follow office related safety procedures and regulations

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Related Licensing Requirements

Genetic Counselor (18-0000000174)

Requirements for Licensure as a Genetic Counselor IC 25-17.5-4-1 Sec. 1. To qualify for licensure as a genetic counselor, an applicant must: (1) submit an application on a form developed by the board; (2) pay the licensure fee determined by the board; (3) provide written evidence that the applicant has earned: (A) a master's degree from a genetic counseling training program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or its successor; or (B) a doctoral degree from a medical genetics training program that is accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics or its successor; and (4) meet the examination requirement for certification as: (A) a genetic counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or the American Board of Medical Genetics or the successor of these entities; or (B) a medical geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics or its successor. As added by P.L.177-2009, SEC.35. IC 25-17.5-4-2 Sec. 2. (a) The board may issue a temporary license to an applicant who: (1) meets all the requirements for licensure under section 1 of this chapter except the examination for certification requirement set forth in section 1(4) of this chapter; and (2) has an active candidate status for the certification. (b) An individual who is issused a temporary license under this section: (1) must apply for and take the next available examination for certification; and (2) may practice under the temporary license only if directly supervised by a licensed genetic counselor or a physician licensed under IC 25-22.5 under a genetic supervision contract. (c) An individual who holds a temporary license issued under this section and fails the examination for certification described in section 1(4) of this chapter for the first time may reapply for a second temporary license.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (3172342060)

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