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Genetics is an important part of the medical field that deals with heredity and the inheritance of traits and certain conditions and diseases. Genetics nurses are specially trained registered nurses that provide testing and care to patients at risk for genetic conditions. Genetics nurses must become registered nurses by completing a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor degree program in nursing. Many employers prefer candidates with at least a master degree in genetics nursing. Employment of all registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for all professions, increasing 23% from 2006 to 2016. The growing and aging population and increased demand for genetic testing will drive job growth of genetics nurses.
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