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Clinical genetics

Clinical geneticists are doctors who diagnose and manage families with genetic disorders.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. Then there's two years foundation doctor training, two years core training (CT1-CT2), followed by four years specialists training (ST3-ST6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekend, on call unlikely Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

This role requires an ability to promote public awareness of ethical and moral issues related to genetic testing. You'll have excellent communication and team working skills and have an empathetic approach. An interest in teaching and supervising is important. You'll also be eager to keep up to date with advances in clinical genetics.

Prospects

There are 129 consultants in clinical genetics in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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