Can I be a member of NSGC as a student?
Yes. Students are encouraged to become a student member of NSGC. You can join as
a student by going to the NSGC website and selecting “Join Now.” Memberships are available for students.
Once you are a member, there are many resources available to you through the link
entitled “Students” on the “Members Only” drop-down menu. These include information
on listserv membership, how to get involved at the Annual Educational Conferences
(AEC), board certification, scholarships available through NSGC, and how to look
for employment opportunities.
What are the benefits of being a student member of TSGC?
The TSGC is a great resource for education and networking. TSGC holds its own AEC
in different locations throughout Texas where genetic counselors and other healthcare
providers who collaborate with genetic counselors meet and present different topics
for discussion. If you are considering staying in Texas as a professional, TSGC
provides an opportunity for connecting with other Texas counselors and learning
about job opportunities.
Being a member of TSGC also gives you access to information regarding Texas licensure
for genetic counselors and the chance to advocate for legislative issues impacting
this profession. See the section on Licensure for more details.
What past genetic counseling students have said about being members of the TSGC:
“Being involved in TSGC helped me to appreciate the large, active network of genetic
counselors in Texas who are working to promote the genetic counseling field and
inspired me to consider how I could get involved when I graduated.” – UT GCP program
“Attending the TSGC AEC during graduate school gave me a great perspective on how
genetic counselors go beyond their tradition roles to advocate for this field and
educate the patient community.” – UT GCP program graduate “The TSGC helped me, as
a student, see all the possibilities for a genetic counselor right here in the Lone
Star state.” – UT GCP program graduate
How do I start my job search?
The NSGC website is a great resource for this information. Members can access the “Job Connection” site through the “Member Center” tab at nsgc.org. Listings of positions usually include the job ID and title (GC, clinic coordinator, research coordinator; full-time vs. part-time), requirements (typically “Must have Master's degree in Genetic Counseling and must be a BC/BE Genetic Counselor”), description of job, and contact information.
- NSGC Job Search Manual and Perspectives Newsletter: Can be ordered through NSGC’s publication’s section click here
- Genetic meetings/conferences: The NSGC website provides a list of upcoming regional
and national meetings. This is a great place to establish contacts in the locations
you are considering for employment and network with potential employers and colleagues.
Some conferences have a bulletin board with job postings. The NSGC annual AEC always
has a job post board where you can browse for possible positions and possibly arrange
an informal meeting with the contact person for the position, if they are in attendance.
- Asking around: The genetic counseling community is very inter-connected. Ask supervisors
and program directors about potential opportunities or about the possibility of
creating a job for yourself.
How do I decide on the right position for me?
There are many things to take in to consideration when starting your job search.
- Location: do you have a particular city or region in mind?
- Type of position: prenatal, pediatric, cancer, adult, nontraditional
- Setting: academic, corporate, private practice
Professional Status Surveys (PSS) are also available through the NSGC website on
the “About Us” drop-down menu. If you are a member, you have access to the most
recent PSS. The PSS provides extensive information derived from practicing genetic
counselors throughout the world, describing demographics, salary, job satisfaction,
and other interesting facts that you may find valuable in your career pursuit. If
you are not a member, you can purchase the PSS.