Help Wanted: The Dearth of Genetic Counselors

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits like 23andMe inform buyers of their predisposition to a host of illnesses but they don’t cover assessments, next steps or even psychological support following troubling or confusing results—services traditionally provided by genetic counselors to patients referred with specific health concerns.

DTC “spit kit” enterprises have considerably outpaced the market leading to a national shortage of counselors. Industry leaders are working on legislation to create more and better-paying jobs to meet the projected 30% sector growth in the next two decades and hope to elevate genetic counseling as an important facet of health care.

The Atlantic

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