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Genetic Counselors Skills

Below are the skills needed to be genetic counselors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension4.124.75
Active Listening44
Complex Problem Solving43.75
Critical Thinking3.884.12
Active Learning3.883.88

Genetic Counselors Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be genetic counselors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Written Comprehension4.254.88
Deductive Reasoning4.124.62
Oral Comprehension44.88
Oral Expression45
Written Expression44.88

Genetic Counselors Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be genetic counselors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Biology4.785.57
Psychology4.574.87
Medicine and Dentistry4.394.22
Therapy and Counseling4.355.22
English Language4.094.09

Genetic Counselors Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being genetic counselors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others4.746.09
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge4.746.04
Getting Information4.685.61
Assisting and Caring for Others4.435.17
Documenting/Recording Information4.434.57

Genetic Counselors Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being genetic counselors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Concern for Others4.74
Integrity4.7
Attention to Detail4.64
Self Control4.43
Cooperation4.35

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Genetic Counselors

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Genetic Counselors jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward130 $99,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land50 $77,740
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue50 $81,000
Durham-Chapel Hill40 $69,070
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson40 $70,660
Salt Lake City40 $78,240
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson30 $62,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellN/A N/A
Denver-Aurora-LakewoodN/A N/A
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraN/A N/A

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to genetic counselors

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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