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Genetic Counsellors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions, and advise individuals and families to support informed decision making and coping methods for those at risk. They may also help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling. (O*NET Online)
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- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- Career Mentor Program profile - Genetic Counsellor, University of Manitoba alumnus
- U of M Career Spotlight - Career Services interview with genetic counsellors at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre
- Sokanu - occupational information and videos
- Overview: Genetic Counselors - ExploreHealthCareers.org
- How Do Genetic Counselors Integrate into the Healthcare Team? - NSGC video
- Article: A Genetic Counsellor Shares the Highs and Lows - The Toronto Star
- Genetic Counselling overview - from AboutKidsHealth.org
- Career Profile: Genetic Counsellors - MB Association of Health Care Professionals
- Article: Genetics: Fluent in DNA - profile of genetic counseling profession from Nature
- Trailblazing GCs - profiles of genetic counsellors from My Gene Counsel
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Genetic Counsellor - University of Manitoba
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- M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling - Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
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- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Collective Agreements (see Salary Schedule A - Health Sciences Centre) - Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals
- 2018 Professional Status Survey Report from NSGC - view Executive Summary (pdf) for Canadian and U.S. demographic, salary, position and other information
- I want to be a Genetic Counsellor. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
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- Regional Health Authorities - Province of Manitoba
- Health Regions in Canada - listings and maps from Statistics Canada
- Clinic Search - from the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors
- Canadian Genetics Clinics - list from the GEC-KO
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