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 2019 Career Outcomes for Genetics*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

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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Additional Career Research Resources

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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook  (type in general term for career of interest)
  • Career Insider: Vault Guides  (Under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
  • Candid Career  (View professionals speaking about their careers under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
  • My Next Move (search by keyword)
  • ExploreHealthCareers.org (great overview of healthcare-related career fields)
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Employment Websites

GENERAL

  • Handshake - Login with your UGA myID and password to view thousands of jobs/internships from employers looking for UGA students
  • LinkedIn - Network with professionals and view job openings
  • GoinGlobal - Job/internship openings in countries abroad as well as country career guides providing information about finding employment in other countries. 
  • Idealist - Nonprofit Jobs
  • Indeed - General job search engine
  • USAJobs - Federal Jobs
  • The Vault - Industry guides, jobs, and internships

MAJOR/INDUSTRY SPECIFIC

Professional Associations/Resources

LINKEDIN

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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 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)
Cape Fear Community College Math and Science Tutor
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Research Assistant
NCR Pre-Sales Specialist
Pfizer Associate Scientist
Scion Genomics Genomic Assistant
ScribeAmerica Medical Scribe
SuperScribe Medical Scribe
Tark's Grill Customer Service
The Jackson Laboratory Bioinformatics Research Assistant
U.S. Department of Agriculture Poultry Science Intern
University of Georgia Research Technician
* 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 2019 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 UGA Genetics - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**

Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Medicine, MD
Duke University Genetics and Genomics, PhD; Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, PhD
Florida Atlantic University Medicine, MD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Stony Brook University Genetics, Not Specified
The University of Maryland Animal and Avian Sciences, Not Specified
University of California, San Francisco Medicine, MD
University of Chicago Medicine, MD
University of Georgia Comparative Biomedical Science, MS; Integrated Life Sciences, PhD; Microbiology, MS
University of Pennsylvania Cellular and Molecular Biology, PhD
University of South Florida Medical Sciences, MSMS
University of Texas Health Science Center San Ant Not Specified, Not Specified
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Medicine, MD
* denotes no responses received.