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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.
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Genetic Engineers alter the DNA (the molecules that make up genetic material) of an organism to change its characteristics.


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Genetic Engineers alter the DNA of an organism in order to change its properties. They have responsibility for setting up experiments, analysing results and writing and presenting reports.  
 
Some work in animal research, for example working with farm animals to make them more profitable to the agricultural industry. Others work on developing plants that are drought or pest resistant, tolerant of herbicides or give higher yields.  
 
They may also work in the medical industry


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As a genetic engineer you must be able to think logically. You will need a thorough and methodical approach to your work, a very high degree of accuracy and an enquiring mind. You must be able to plan and use practical experiments. You need good communication skills for working in a team and must also be able to work independently.  
 
You may have to travel, occasionally over seas.


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Organisation: Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (ALMS)
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Organisation: National Centre for Medical Genetics
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