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Geneticist

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Geneticists research the inherited traits of humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms. They can use special methods to modify genetic material. They are sometimes called molecular geneticists or clinical scientists.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salaries for new genetics graduates tend to be around £18,000 to £20,000. Well qualified and experienced geneticists can earn more than £45,000 a year.

Pre-registration trainee clinical scientists working in the NHS start on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year, and registered clinical scientists are on Band 7, £37,570 to £44,688 a year. Principal clinical scientists are on Band 8a, £45,446 to £51,883 a year and Band 8b, £53,291 to £62,259 a year.

You could also work as a specialist biomedical scientist within the NHS on Band 6, £30,401 to £38,046 a year.

The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Salaries for research posts at universities range from around £25,000 to £40,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could do research and clinical work in hospitals or universities. Agricultural, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries employ researchers and technicians as well as geneticists who work in management, marketing, sales and public relations. Government departments employ staff with knowledge of genetics to develop science policies and give advice.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9901
1.8 %
RISE
2024
10079
  United Kingdom
2019
85285
1.8 %
RISE
2024
86780

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Future Morph website www.futuremorph.org shows you some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you.

The IntoBiology website is a good source of information on what you can do with a career in biology and includes videos, projects and study skills.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Society for Genetic Medicine
Tel: 020 3925 3675
Website: http://www.bsgm.org.uk/

Genetics Society
Tel: 020 3925 3672
E-mail: theteam@genetics.org.uk
Website: http://www.genetics.org.uk/
Twitter: @GenSocUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/207531925428/

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