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Genetic Counselors

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Genetic counselors are employed by private and public hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), diagnostic laboratories, university medical centers, government agencies, and physicians in private practice. They also work for biotech companies that develop, sell, and perform genetic tests, in research, and in education as teachers or advisers. Some work in their own private practices, independent of a physician. According to a 2019 survey from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, 78 percent of genetic counselors work for one of four employer types: university medical centers, diagnostic laboratories (commercial, non-academic), or public or private hospitals/medical facilities. 

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