The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has launched a website to provide students and teachers in high school and college with information about careers in genetics and genomics. The Genomic Careers Resource website lists 51 possible career options complete with job descriptions, income, and education requirements.
“We designed the career resource to showcase real people engaged in a wide variety of activities in the fields of genetics and genomics,” said Vence Bonham, chief of NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch, which created the new website. “It is filled with tools that can help students narrow down the careers they want to pursue in these growing fields.”
The site’s orientation page gives users an overview of the resources and an introduction to genomics. A career tracker tool suggests potential career options based on their preferences, and the site’s video archive includes interviews with working geneticists and tours of genomic laboratories.
The NHGRI, which is a part of the National Institutes of Health, unveiled the website at the National Science Teachers Association meeting in Philadelphia, PA on Mar. 18.