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Genetic Engineers

Work Environment

Genetic engineers spend most of their time in laboratories, designing and conducting research experiments and performing genetic engineering procedures. They also spend considerable time writing reports about their work, lecturing or teaching about their research, and preparing grant proposals to federal or private agencies to secure funding to support their work. Because federal grants are extremely competitive, only the best-written and most scientifically up-to-date proposals will receive funding. Therefore, genetic engineers must keep improving their skills and knowledge throughout their careers to keep up with new developments in the field and to advance their own research. Genetic engineers may work the usual nine-to-five schedule, although they may be required to work late into the night and on weekends during critical periods of research. They may also work extra hours to complete research projects, write reports, or stay abreast about the latest developments in their specialty.

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