Career opportunities

Potential careers in genomics include:

Agriculture and Wildlife

  • Genetic modification of foods and seeds
  • Biopesticide and neutriceutical development
  • Wildlife management: Identification, protection of endangered species
  • Authentication of consumables such as wine, caviar

Bioscience Communication

  • Reporting, writing, editing
  • Website development, maintenance
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Special events


  • Biosciences industry investing
  • Marketing and sales
  • Banking

Computational Biology (including Bioinformatics)

  • Database creation, data analysis, modeling, data transfer
  • Supercomputing
  • Mathematics, statistics, actuarial field


  • Bioprocessing chamber, vat design and production
  • Toxic-waste cleanup
  • Instrumentation development
  • Creation of new energy sources via engineering, life science research
  • Biomedical engineering

History and Anthropology

  • Use of genetics to study population, migration patterns
  • Study of inheritance over evolutionary time

Laboratory Science

  • Sequencing of many organisms, including human
  • Data analysis, computation
  • Functional genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Human variation in health and disease
  • Microbial genetics
  • Environmental studies
  • Education

Law and Justice

  • Education
  • Patent specialties
  • Specialties in ethical, legal, and social issues
  • Gene and paternity testing
  • DNA forensics–in the laboratory, in the field, in the courtroom


  • Medical genetics, genetic counseling, genetic nursing
  • Gene testing, gene therapy
  • Organ transplantation, fertility, and reproduction
  • Public health
  • Pharmaceutical industry and suppliers
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Chemical, vaccine, medicine development and production
  • Database development, operation, use
  • Communication, work with regulatory agencies


  • Soldier identification
  • Pathogen identification
  • Biological and chemical warfare protection
  • Radiation-exposure assessment

Space Exploration

  • Research into space effects
  • Search for other life forms, evidence of life


Below are some useful links to relevant resources for various audiences.

Community/General audience



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