How do I prepare while I'm still in high school?

If you’re in high school and considering genetic counseling as a career there are some important steps you can take now as you prepare for college:

  • Talk to your high school guidance counselor about your interest in genetic counseling. They can help you plan courses to take in high school that will help you prepare for your college major. They may also be able to connect you with professionals in the field or volunteer opportunities.
  • Start reading and researching genetics. Look in the news for articles about new technology and laws relating to genetics.
  • Start looking for volunteer positions, and opportunities to job shadow a genetic counselor near you.
  • If you want to learn more about some of the specifics of genetic counseling as a career, you may want to contact a genetic counselor and ask if you can talk to them about their job.


Start researching for colleges you will apply to. Look for schools with strong genetics, biology, and/or psychology departments. A school that can offer you a strong undergraduate degree in the sciences will put you in a good position when it’s time to apply to graduate programs.


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