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List of careers in genetics (or bioscience)

Agriculture and wildlife

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

Bench science

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

Bioscience communication

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


  • Biosciences industry investing
  • Marketing and sales
  • Banking

Computational biology (including bioinformatics)

  • Database creation, data analysis, modelling and data transfer
  • Supercomputing
  • Mathematics, statistics and actuarial fields

Engineering disciplines

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

History and anthropology

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

Law and justice

  • Education
  • Patent specialities
  • Specialities in ethical, legal and social issues
  • Gene and paternity testing
  • DNA forensics in the laboratory, in the field and in the courtroom


  • Medical genetics, genetic counselling and genetic nursing
  • Gene testing and gene therapy
  • Organ transplantation, fertility and reproduction
  • Public health
  • Pharmaceutical industry and suppliers:
    • pharmacogenomics;
    • chemical, vaccine, medicine development and production;
    • database development, operation and use; and
    • communication and work with regulatory agencies.


  • Soldier identification
  • Pathogen (disease) identification
  • Biological and chemical warfare protection
  • Radiation exposure assessment

Space exploration

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

Note: Our look at the study of genetics and South African universities will currently concentrate on what is available in the science and human sciences sectors only.

Young Science Communicators Writing Initiative:

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Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

A paper detailing the the Southern African Genome Sequencing Project and its results was published in the journal Nature.

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