Experienced Clinical Geneticist Job Description

Analyzing and evaluating patients with genetic diseases and disorders is part of the job description of a clinical geneticist. The individual is a physician who screens patients for inherited conditions that can result from alterations in normal DNA.

Position Description

A clinical geneticist is a physician who diagnoses and prescribes treatment for patients with conditions that result from genetic anomalies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Clinical Geneticist

  • Gathers data and evaluates the medical histories of patients and their families.
  • Collects and analyzes DNA samples from patients and family members.
  • Uses DNA mapping techniques and biochemical processes including blot analysis, gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction.
  • Trains laboratory technicians in proper safety protocols.
  • Supervises lab technicians who perform the DNA tests.
  • Reviews laboratory results of genetic research.
  • Manages the collection of relevant data regarding patient histories.
  • Coordinates with genetic counselors to prescribe a plan of treatment for patients suffering from genetic disorders and conditions.
  • Collaborates with other physicians and biologists to determine the specific genetic tests that need to be performed on a patient.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of research, methodology, processes, procedures and test results.
  • Documents results of experiments in scientific journals and presents findings at medical conferences.
  • Maintains computer databases of genetic information.
  • Supervises geneticists and technicians on genetic technicians on genetic research projects.
  • Attends educational conferences.
  • Reads scientific literature relating to genetics to stay up-to-date on discoveries and developments in the field.
  • Seeks funds for research by writing grants and white papers and organizing fundraising events.
  • Works to improve existing techniques in genetic research and treatment of patients.
  • Strives to enhance and improve treatment techniques for people with genetic diseases and disorders.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have exceptionalanalytical skills.
  • Must be highly observant and detail oriented.
  • Must have excellent computer and technology skills and knowledge of genetic software.
  • Must have superior problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to effectively train subordinates.
  • The ability to monitor and control resources.
  • Strong time management skills.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Physical Science.
  • Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree which requires eight years of study.
  • Certification following six years of clinical residency.
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination or USMLE completion to obtain license to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam or COMLEX completion to obtain a license to practice as an osteopath in the U.S.

Work Environment

  • Time is spent both in a clinical environment working with the patients or in a laboratory conducting experiments and documenting test results.
  • Must be able to work as a component of a genetic team with the goal of improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from genetic abnormalities.
  • Must be able to observe mandatory safety procedures and work with hazardous substances as well as radioactive materials.
  • Time is spent working long hours and even weekends to complete experiments and obtain test results.


  • Salaries range from $60,000 to $135,000 depending on years of experience, amount and quality of published works and the size and complexity of the employer’s facility.

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