Career Description

A Genetics laboratory technician analyses and study the biological specimens like bone marrow, blood, amniotic fluid and Tumours in the patients. Their role is to find out the genetic abnormalities by evaluating the DNA/RNA structures. Genetic disorders can be easily identified with the help of the elaborated study of DNA and RNA. Genetics laboratory technician are employed in laboratories, hospitals, clinics, universities, NHS and HSE.

How to Become a Genetics Laboratory Technician

In order to become a Genetics laboratory technician one must get a degree in molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry or genetics. A biology rated degree with the knowledge of genetics is must but in some laboratories they have their own competency based training programs for training the candidates who are applying for the position of Genetics laboratory technician.

Genetics Laboratory Technician Career Courses, Training, Programs

The Genetics laboratory technician should acquire various skills like handling photomicroscopes and light microscopes. Knowledge of latest computer software’s which is used for developing the chromosomal images. Along with the basic degree the candidate must have thorough know-how on conducting the tests on the samples along with data management skills and diagnosis of genetic disorders.

Genetics Laboratory Technician Career Schools/Colleges, Education

There are many schools and colleges in the US that offer courses related to the role of a Genetics laboratory technician such as molecular engineering. For those who want to start from a beginning level obtaining a high school diploma along with computer science, biology, maths and chemistry could be helpful.

Top 5 Colleges/Universities

University Of Texas

Mayo School of health Science

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

The Michener Institute

MD Anderson College

Genetics Laboratory Technician Career Job Opportunities, Salaries/Pay

The top 10% Genetics laboratory technician can earn around $50,250 and the average annual salary for the lab technician can be $32,840. In the hospitals, one can find slightly higher paying jobs.