What is Genetic Counseling?

Generally speaking, a genetic counselor is a health care professional who helps families understand genetic disease. We interpret family histories, explain complex concepts, discuss disease management options, and provide psychosocial support. Most commonly we can be found helping patients in prenatal clinics, pediatric clinics, and cancer clinics. However, as the field of genetics is rapidly evolving so is the role of the genetic counselor. More and more counselors are taking on other roles such as working in research, diagnostic laboratories, and public health. This is an exciting career that promises expanding opportunities as our knowledge of genetics and technology continues to improve.


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