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Geneticists study how genes function to produce cells and organisms, and how hereditary traits and mutations are present in populations and passed through generations. In addition, they discover and use DNA sequence variations to conduct forensic, wildlife, evolutionary, agricultural and medical research. (alis)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta based occupational information
- Sokanu: Geneticist - occupational information and videos
- What is a Geneticist? - EnvironmentalScience.org
- Career in Human Genetics - American Society of Human Genetics
- Day in the Life of a Geneticist - The Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Interview with a Geneticist - Tomorrow Edition
- Article: A Career in Genetics and Genomics - NewScientist Jobs (AUS)
- Let’s Talk Science geneticist career profiles:
- Independent Researcher
- Senior Manager (Ontario Genomics)
- Discover your Future in Healthcare: Health Researcher - University of Manitoba
U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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- Faculty of Sciences - Genetics
- Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
- Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics - Faculty of Graduate Studies
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Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials - information for foreign-trained professionals
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis - Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- 2013 Life Science Salary Survey- Avg. Salaries of Academic Careers in Genetics
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (merged with Genetics Society of Canada)
- American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
- Canadian Forest Genetics Association
- Canadian Society of Microbiology - Molecular Genetics and Cellular Microbiology
- Genetics Society of America
- American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Biosciences Association of Manitoba - member directory
- BioTalent Canada
- Innovative Medicines Canada - corporate members
- Council of State Bioscience Associations (U.S.)
- Canadian Genetics Clinics & Laboratories - list from the GEC-KO
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These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Manitoba Epigenetic Network - University of Manitoba
- Article: From canola to cancer: Partnership aims to make Manitoba a hub for genetic technology - CBC Manitoba
- Article: Misprint - UMToday News
- Genomics by Industry: Health - from Genome Canada, non-profit for genomic-based tech development in Canada
- Canadian Institute of Health Research - Institute of Genetics
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Genetics Research
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - view 'Students and Fellows' programs
- National Research Council of Canada
- Centre for Genomics and Policy - at McGill University
- International Federation of Human Genetics Societies
- Behaviour Genetics Association
- International Society of Differentiation
- Genetics Education Canada - Knowledge Organization (GEC-KO)
- Human Genome Project Information - U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
- The Human Genetics Education Resource - Only Healthy
- Genetics - publication from The Genetics Society of America
- American Institute of Biological Sciences
- Science Careers Magazine - American Association for the Advancement of Science