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Information on Genetic Counselor and Medical Geneticist Workforces

02/12/2021 6:32pm
Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Genetic test results can help diagnose or confirm a condition. Genetic counseling can help explain the results and available treatment options. Some studies have raised concerns on whether there are enough genetic counselors and medical geneticists—genetic test providers—to meet the current and future demand for genetic services.

About 4,700 genetic counselors and 1,240 medical geneticists are certified to provide care in the United States, and both numbers have increased in recent years.

The number of genetic counselors and medical geneticists varies across the United States, with higher proportions in northeastern states.


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