Career Opportunities for Majors in Genetics


An undergraduate major in genetics is offered by the Department of Genetics within the Division of Life Sciences. Students in this major have the opportunity to participate in research and learn how discoveries in science are made. Courses cover a wide range of topics, from molecular genetics to genomics and bacterial physiology. Students will learn to design experiments, carry out research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and interpret data. They also learn to communicate their discoveries through a written article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed Genetics journal, and through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings. This course of study prepares students for careers in biological research, biotechnology, and the health professions.

Most graduating majors attend graduate or professional school (medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, etc.) or obtain a technical position doing research in industry or in an academic institution. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities. Job opportunities are substantially enhanced for students with other marketable skills such as computers, mathematics or language. A bachelor's degree is sufficient for many technician jobs in the medical field, lab/research assistant positions, or testing jobs. An advanced degree is required for most other positions in the scientific and medical research fields.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Animal Geneticist Genetic Counselor Parasitologist
Biochemist Geneticist Pharmaceutical Researcher
Bioinformatics Technician Genomics Researcher Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Biomedical Researcher Immunologist Physician
Biostatistician Laboratory Technician Plant Geneticist
Biotechnologist Medical Doctor Regulatory Affairs Specialists
College Professor Medical Technician Research Asst.
Cytogeneticist Microbiologist Science Writer
Embryologist Molecular Biologist Teacher/Professor
Forensic DNA Analyst Molecular Genetic Technologist Technical Writer
Forensics Specialist Mycologist Veterinarian

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Bioinformatics Centers Genetic Counseling   Public Schools
Biotechnology Firms Genome Research Centers Research Foundations
Cell & DNA Repositories Health Care Producers Scientific Journals
Clinics Hospitals Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Colleges/Universities Laboratories Testing Labs
Environmental Consulting Firms Medical Instrument Companies Textbook Publishers
Food Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Companies
Forensic Labs Private Schools
Government Agencies
Air Pollution Control Department of Environmental Protection NJ State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control Environmental Protection Agency National Institutes of Health
Department of Agriculture Federal Bureau of Investigation Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Department of Energy Food and Drug Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Genetics

Organization Job Title
Lowe's Companies, Inc. Millwork Specialist
Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey Research Associate
Visikol Inc Scientist
Rutgers University Administrative Services Managers
Rutgers University Cooks And Food Preparation Workers
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Biological Technicians
Kids Dreamz Pediatrics, LLC Medical Assistants

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Genetics

BioArray Solutions Associate
CABM Lab Technician
Rutgers University Lab Technician
Univ. of Vermont School of Medicine Lab Technician
Self Employed Project Manager/Marketing Manager
Rutgers University Research Associate
Alsgen, Inc Research Associate
Fox Chase Cancer Center Research Scientist
Kelly Scientific Resources Scientific Recruiter
Teach for America Teacher

Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Cornell Univ., Weill Grad. Sch. of Medical Sciences PhD Genetics
Cuny York Physician Assistant
Drexel University Internal Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine At Mount Sinai Genetics Genetic Counseling
King's College Genetics Behavioral Genetics
Northeastern University Biotechnology Genomics Biotechnology
Rowan College Medicine Pediatrics
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Genetics Genetic Counseling
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Medicine Medicine
U. Mass., Grad. School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Genetics
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