Molecular genetic technologists study DNA to identify or diagnose diseases and inherited disorders; match tissues for organ transplantation; identify missing or displaced persons in war, disaster or crime victims; determine parentage; and rule in or out suspects in criminal cases.
Molecular genetic technologists are employed in research and clinical laboratories in colleges and universities, medical schools, commercial laboratories, and private industry.
Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing technological innovations, including improvements in lab tests and developments in genomics, which is the study of the whole genome, are giving counselors opportunities to conduct more types of analyses.
Education for molecular genetic technologist requires a four-year degree in either cytogenetics, cytotechnology, medical technology, or the biological or natural sciences, plus 6 – 14 months (depending on educational background) for a certificate program in molecular diagnostic sciences.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Some employers may require completion of national certification in Molecular Biology.
Association of Genetic Technologists
219 Timberland Trail Lane
Lenexa, KS 66285