GAO - Government Accountability Office

07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 08:49

Genetic Services: Information on Genetic Counselor and Medical Geneticist Workforces

Genetic test results can help diagnose or confirm a condition. Genetic counseling can help explain the results and available treatment options. Some studies have raised concerns on whether there are enough genetic counselors and medical geneticists-genetic test providers-to meet the current and future demand for genetic services.

About 4,700 genetic counselors and 1,240 medical geneticists are certified to provide care in the United States, and both numbers have increased in recent years.

The number of genetic counselors and medical geneticists varies across the United States, with higher proportions in northeastern states.

Distribution of Genetic Counselors per 500,000 People by State, 2019