UGA Specific Information for Genetics

Biology encompasses the study of all living organisms, including microbes, plants, and animals. The study of biology includes various aspects of life, including basic organization (molecular, cellular, tissues, organs), how organisms function, their roles in the natural environment, how hereditary information is transferred, and development of biotechnology. Biology graduates are broadly trained and well prepared for admission into strong graduate programs in the biological sciences and professional schools (medical, dental, and veterinary). They may also directly assume positions in government, education, industry, or certain technical fields.

Genetics is a discipline of biology,which includes the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. Genetics is the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behavior in the context of a cell or organism, gene distribution, and variation and change in populations. Given that genes are universal to living organisms, genetics can be applied to the study of all living systems; including bacteria, plants, animals, and humans.



Class of 2022 Career Outcomes for Genetics*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS IN GENETICS

Taken from American Society of Human Genetics

Bachelor's Degree BA/BS

Biotech Sales/Marketing
Clinical Research Associate
Dietitian/Nutritionist*
Forensic Scientist
Genetics Clinical Nurse*^
K-12 Science Teacher*
Laboratory Technician
Patent Agent*
Quality Control Specialist 
Research Compliance Officer*
Science Outreach
Science Writer
Scientific/Medical Illustrator

Master's Degree MA/MS

Bioinformatician
Community College Professor
Genetic Counselor*^
Graduate & Postdoc Affairs Administrator
Physician Assistant*^
Program Officer
Public Health Researcher
Public Health Program Analyst/Evaluator
Speech-Language Pathologist*^
Technical/Medical writer
Technology Transfer Associate

Law Degree JD

Bioethicist
Intellectual Property/Patent Attorney*

Medical Degree MD/DO

Independent Clinical Researcher
Physician/Clinical Geneticist

Doctoral Degree Phd

Audiologist*^
Biocurator
College Professor (teaching focus)
Field Application Scientist 
Independent Basic Researcher 
Management Consulting 
Science Museum Director
Scientific Editor

Medical/Doctoral Degree

Clinical Laboratory Geneticist*
Medical Science Liaison
Science/Health Policy

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MAJOR/INDUSTRY SPECIFIC


Professional Associations/Resources

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Genetics majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Advocate Genetics Genetic Counseling Assistant
Augusta University Research Assistant
Avenue 21 Marketing Account Executive
Brilliant Creative Associate
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Allied Health Coordinator
Goodman Dermatology, P.C. Medical Assistant
MetroDerm, P.C. Medical Assistant for Plastic Surgery
Mount Sinai Wellness Center Medical Assistant
Parkridge Medical Center Medical Assistant
Resurgens Orthopaedics Medical Assistant
Resurgens Orthopaedics Patient Care Coordinator
Revature Entry Level Software Engineer
Sage Net Program Manager
Truist Investment Banking Analyst
University of Chicago PREP Research Technician
University of Georgia Cellular Biology Research Professional
University of Georgia Genetics Specialist
University of Georgia Communications, Public Relations Specialist
Yerkes Primate Center Animal Care Trainee
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2022 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Genetics majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Augusta University Medicine, MD
Augusta University Medicine, MD
Broward College Medical Assistant, Certificate
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Emory University Cancer Biology, PhD
Georgia Gwinnett College Not Specified
Johns Hopkins University Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology, PhD
Kennesaw State University Nursing, BSN
Mississippi State University Forestry Resources, MF
University of California-Davis Integrative Genetics and Genomics, PhD
University of Cambridge Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience, PhD
University of Georgia Epidemiology, MPH
University of Georgia Genetics, Master's
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Public Health, Not Specified
University of Montana Ecology and Evolution, PhD
University of Padua Sustainable Agriculture, MS
University of Tennessee- Knoxville Pharmacology, PhD
Vanderbilt University Not Specified
* denotes no responses received.