BSC Genetics Jobs in South Africa

Variations of VNTR allele lengths in 6 individualsGenetics is a discipline filled with a variety of different jobs; they can be as, elaborate as the human genome itself. If you are thinking of a career in genetics here are a few examples to whet your appetite.

  • The field of genetics is one of the fastest-growing in the scientific community. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, jobs in genetics grow by an average of 14 percent each year. There are a variety of different genetics jobs including forensic careers and posts in agricultural biotechnology.
  • DNA SplitForensic Scientist

    A forensic scientist works in both the genetics industry and other fields of science in its relation to the legal system. Generally, a forensic scientist is paramount in identifying information regarding criminal or civil matters that need genetic and biological explanations. A forensic scientist can identify a suspect (who fled a crime scene) from a tiny sample of cells. A person performing this job in genetics must also take into account the broader concepts of methodology with a strong focus on pure facts. Among the overall spectrum of science, forensic scientists specialize in DNA fingerprinting.

    Above Left: Variations of VNTR allele lengths in 6 individuals. (Supplied by Charvosi and PaleWhaleGail at Wikimedia Commons; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License;

  • Biotechnician with Engineered RoseGenetic Counselor

    A genetic counselor works with the human and hereditary portions of the genetics industry. Trained in both genetics and some psychology, this person works with patients and relatives to explain the effects and ramifications of genetic disorders.

    The overall job of a genetic counselor is to inform people of the likelihood of transmitting a genetic disorder and the probability of developing problems. This includes informing people of options and working on a family planning concept that will help diminish the chances of passing on the disorder to children.

  • Molecular Genetic Clinical Lab Scientist

    A molecular genetic clinical...

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