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 Forensics Specialist Mycologist
Biochemist Gene Therapist Parasitologist
Bioinformatics Technician Genetic Counselor Patent Specialist
Biomedical Researcher Geneticist Pharmaceutical Researcher
Biophysicist Genomics Researcher Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Biostatistician Hospital Administrator Physician
Biotechnologist Immunologist Plant Geneticist
Botanist Industrial Hygenist Public Health Assistant
College Professor Laboratory Technician Research Asst.
Cytogeneticist Marine Biologist Science Illustrator/Animator
Ecologist Medical Doctor Science Writer
Embryologist Medical Record Tech. Teacher/Professor
Environ. Health Educator Medical Technician Technical Writer
Environ. Impact Analyst Microbiologist Toxicologist
Food & Drug Inspector Molecular Biologist Veterinarian
Forensic DNA Analyst Molecular Genetic Technologist Zoologist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Bioinformatics Centers Forensic Labs Private Schools
Biotechnology Firms Genome Research Centers Public Schools
Cell & DNA Repositories Health Care Producers Research Foundations
Clinics Hospitals Scientific Journals
Colleges/Universities Laboratories Soap/Cosmetics Companies
Environmental Consulting Firms Medical Instrument Companies Testing Labs
Food Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Companies Textbook Publishers


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 .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students

* Information is not available at this time on internships obtained from Genetics

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

* Information is not available at this time on first jobs obtained from Genetics

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

U. Mass., Grad. School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Genetics

Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ MS Biomedical Sciences

Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ MS Neuroscience

Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ MD

Univ. of Pennsylvania PhD Cell & Molecular Biology

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