YOUR CAREER AS A
GENETICIST

Geneticists study the organisation, function, regulation, and transmission of heritable information (genes). Research may include mechanisms of gene regulation, gene expression, and molecular evolution of the plant genome. Genetics of plants and fungi relates to botanical research as well as to applications in comparative genetics, breeding for trait improvement, evolutionary studies, epigenetics and genetic modification. Their role in forestry is to help improve, over time, the selection of the best traits that are needed in trees grown for various purposes, for instance increasing the tendency of Pinus radiata to grow with perfectly straight stems.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Masters or Doctorate

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Physically Demanding

Mostly lab-based

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Absence from home

Varies with role

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally, geneticists have a minimum of a Masters or Doctorate degree in Genetics or molecular biology.

Skills required include:

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.