Professionals who study the genetic material inside cells are called geneticists. They use their specialist knowledge and skills to study imperfect genetic material and the diseases that it can cause.
To work in geneticist jobs, a degree in genetics or a related subject is essential. The minimum requirements for a degree in genetics are five GCSEs and two A levels. Experience of laboratory work may also be useful. Graduates are expected to complete an in-service training programme and carry out a further two years' work experience under the supervision of trained staff before registering with the Health Professions Council as qualified geneticists
In the UK, the NHS is the largest employer of specialists in genetics. These geneticists are typically employed in genetics laboratories, which are often located in large hospitals. Vacancies for the majority of NHS geneticist training posts are advertised by the Recruitment Centre for Clinical Scientists. However, employment openings may also be advertised in newspapers and through specialist recruitment agencies.
Starting salaries for clinical scientists working in genetics jobs are around £23,000. Salaries are higher for those working in London. Following gaining two to three years' experience of working as a registered geneticist, promotion to a more senior position may be a possibility.