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How likely are you to get a decent job with a degree in genetics?
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How likely are you to get a decent job with a degree in genetics?
I would say pretty likely. What field exactly do you wish to enter after your degree?
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I would say pretty likely. What field exactly do you wish to enter after your degree?
I'm not really sure. I don't know much about what sort of areas there are...
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A scientific degree should let you do most things. You can (probably) teach, go into research, have an office job - the City loves scientific degrees so you could earn a fortune. I'm actually looking at specialising in genetics at the mo so I'll let you know what I find out during my careers nosings
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A scientific degree should let you do most things. You can (probably) teach, go into research, have an office job - the City loves scientific degrees so you could earn a fortune. I'm actually looking at specialising in genetics at the mo so I'll let you know what I find out during my careers nosings
Thanks, hope it goes well for you
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OK, according to the Part II Genetics brochure "there are part II geneticists doing well in Theatre Management, the City, Law, Accountancy and Publishing". Of course there's loads of research you can do, for which they (unsurprisingly) recommend a PhD. I think if you do NatSci the base you'll have will be broad enough to teach at secondary level (at least I hope so!) but I'm not sure about a straight genetics course - I'll look that up now, actually.

Any specific careers you were thinking of? Any scientific degree and you'll be well off for employment, and if you do something like Law (especially patent law) you'll never have to worry about money!
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I know of someone with a genetics degree who travelled the world lecturing - she had a fabulous few years. Eventually decided to settle dwon though and became a biology teacher (I personally don't understand that part )

One of my friends graduates this time and is going into genetic counselling.
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OK, according to the Part II Genetics brochure "there are part II geneticists doing well in Theatre Management, the City, Law, Accountancy and Publishing". Of course there's loads of research you can do, for which they (unsurprisingly) recommend a PhD. I think if you do NatSci the base you'll have will be broad enough to teach at secondary level (at least I hope so!) but I'm not sure about a straight genetics course - I'll look that up now, actually.

Any specific careers you were thinking of? Any scientific degree and you'll be well off for employment, and if you do something like Law (especially patent law) you'll never have to worry about money!
I don't really have any specific idea of what career, but genetics, and molecular biology in general is my fave subject, so hopefully something around that area. I don't want to do teaching though!
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How likely are you to get a decent job with a degree in genetics?
Hi Cate.

I have a degree in Genetics from Swansea. I did really want to go into the NHS as either a genetic councillor or a cytogeneticist. However this was in the late 90's when NHS pay was crap. The cytogeneticist job I was offered as St James' Leeds paid £6,600 pa (and you had to have a BSc) so I went on to do a D.Phil in Cancer Research at Oxford instead, which I really enjoyed. While at Oxford I got bitten by the medicine bug though, and after a period of volunteering in a hospice realised that I really wanted to go into clinical research - medical oncology or medical genetics. I'm now patiently waiting for September when I start my Med Degree at Barts and The London.

Most of my friends from my genetics degree have gone either into academic research or into pharma. I did a 13 month stint myself in Genetic Toxicology at what was then GlaxoWellcome. A few peeps have gone off into teaching, and one into film production (he always was a bit of a luvvie )

Anyway, feel free to pm me if you want anymore of a lowdown on Genetics as a degree
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Hi Cate.

I have a degree in Genetics from Swansea. I did really want to go into the NHS as either a genetic councillor or a cytogeneticist. However this was in the late 90's when NHS pay was crap. The cytogeneticist job I was offered as St James' Leeds paid £6,600 pa (and you had to have a BSc) so I went on to do a D.Phil in Cancer Research at Oxford instead, which I really enjoyed. While at Oxford I got bitten by the medicine bug though, and after a period of volunteering in a hospice realised that I really wanted to go into clinical research - medical oncology or medical genetics. I'm now patiently waiting for September when I start my Med Degree at Barts and The London.

Most of my friends from my genetics degree have gone either into academic research or into pharma. I did a 13 month stint myself in Genetic Toxicology at what was then GlaxoWellcome. A few peeps have gone off into teaching, and one into film production (he always was a bit of a luvvie )

Anyway, feel free to pm me if you want anymore of a lowdown on Genetics as a degree
Thanks for all that info Is it difficult to get a job in genetics then? Medical genetics sounds really interesting.
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Thanks for all that info Is it difficult to get a job in genetics then? Medical genetics sounds really interesting.
It's very easy to get a job with a genetics degree. I think all of my graduation year are in further study or employment. The NHS as a biomed scientist or MLSO is one option, as is academic research, and working in pharma, whether it be as a researcher, management or a sals rep. All are easy to move into with a BSc in Genetics.
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