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The 2019 medical genetics workforce: A focus on laboratory geneticists

04/25/2023 1:31pm
National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks (NCC)

The aim of this report is to inform the genetics and genomics field about the results of a 2019 workforce survey of US laboratory geneticists.
The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics distributed an electronic survey to board-certified/eligible diplomates in 2019. Analysis of the responses was performed by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
A total of 422 individuals identified as laboratory geneticists. The respondents represent the range of possible certifications. Nearly one-third were Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics diplomates, another third were Molecular Genetics and Genomics diplomates, and the others were Clinical Biochemical Genetics diplomates or held a combination of certificates. The majority of laboratory geneticists are PhDs. The others were physicians or other degree combinations. Most laboratory geneticists work in academic medical centers or commercial laboratories. Most respondents identified as females and White. The median age was 53 years. A third of the respondents have been in the profession for 21+ years and plan to reduce hours or retire in the next 5 years.
The genetics field needs to foster the next generation of laboratory geneticists to meet the increasing complexity and demand for genetic testing.


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