Bioinformatics scientists (computational biologists) work at the intersection of biology, computer science, and information technology (IT), helping identify the genetic causes of human, animal, and plant development and disease.
Sample of Reported Job Titles
Bioinformaticist, Bioinformatics Scientist, Director of Bioinformatics and Trait Discovery, Director of Translation and Experimental Medicine Bioinformatics, Director, Informatics, Research Scientist, Scientific Database Curator, Scientific Informatics Project Leader, Senior Research Associate, Senior Scientist
They create the methods and algorithms for integrating knowledge about genes to help other scientists analyze and interpret gene-expression data. Bioinformatics scientists design and apply the computer systems and databases used to organize and analyze large amounts of genomic, pharmacological, and other biological data. Large amounts of data are generated by biologists and geneticists through research, and this information must be stored, organized, labeled, and mined so that scientists around the world can share and work with it to make discoveries. Bioinformatics scientists conduct research to study huge molecular datasets including DNA, microarray, and proteomics data.
Bioinformatics scientists develop software and custom scripts that automate data mining and manipulation. They develop these tools using Perl, PHP, MySQL, and other computer languages. Bioinformatics scientists also use standard tools such as Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) and other sequence comparison software packages for data mining.
The education level required for this profession ranges from a BS in Math, Stat, Biology, Physics, or Computer Science to a Masters or PhD, depending on what part of the field you would like to enter. Learn about the different areas of bioinformatics, as well as the typical educational level students pursue in order to get there here.
Median Salary 2018
According to the Bereau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a Bioinformatics Scientist was $79,590.
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- Science Magazine-Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
- O*NET-Bioinformatics Scientists
- Science Buddies-Bioinformatics
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- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- International Society for Computational Biology
- Bioinformatics Geeks LinkedIn Group
- Computational Biology LinkedIn
- List of Professional Organizations
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