A Genetic Researcher is someone that looks at the strands of DNA and genes to understand better what is going on in the organism of their choice in order to create new products like medicines or agricultural crops.
Genetic Researchers do things such as DNA extraction and run tests called gel electrophoresis, southern blot analysis and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
Work Environment, Salary, Educational Requirements
Genetic Researchers work in a laboratory amongst other researchers. There are various pieces of lab equipment that they must understand how to use properly.
They normally work under a normal working hour schedule.
Lab Assistant: Bachelor degree in Biology ($42,000)
Senior Lab Researcher: Graduate degree in Genetics ($64,000)
You can direct your own research with a Doctorate degree in Genetics.
How Genetic Researchers Help
Dr. Jonathan Haines has discovered 29 new genes that are involved in the formation of Multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that harms communication in the Nervous System.
"These new genes give us many new clues as to what is happening in MS and will guide our research efforts for years to come." - Dr. Jonathan Haines
Cons of Being a Genetic Researcher
They have to work with dangerous chemicals daily.
It is a highly competitive job market.
You also have to be skilled in writing and mathematics along with science.
Most Genetic Researchers go through graduate school before starting their career.