Military Geneticists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Geneticists are specialists who evaluate, diagnose, and treat genetic diseases. They accomplish this by interviewing patients and reviewing case and family histories. Geneticists in the Military provide counseling to patients with genetic diseases on the risks of recurrence. They also provide prenatal testing and advice regarding genetic conditions.

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Work Environment

Geneticists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Geneticists in the Military

863

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Salary

Average Salary

$119,593

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 36%
  • Master's degree 32%
  • Doctoral degree 20%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Post-master's certificate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for geneticists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS® Essentials and Fundamentals Mishap Investigation and Prevention Operational Aeromedical Problems Senior LeadershipJoint Operations Medical Management

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Knowledge

  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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