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What Does it Take to Be a Bioinformatics Scientist?

Career Description Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.

List of Bioinformatics Scientist Job Duties

  • Compile data for use in activities, such as gene expression profiling, genome annotation, or structural bioinformatics.
  • Prepare summary statistics of information regarding human genomes.
  • Direct the work of technicians and information technology staff applying bioinformatics tools or applications in areas such as proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, or clinical bioinformatics.
  • Develop new software applications or customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
  • Develop data models and databases.
  • Design and apply bioinformatics algorithms including unsupervised and supervised machine learning, dynamic programming, or graphic algorithms.

What a Bioinformatics Scientist Should Know

These are the skills Bioinformatics Scientists say are the most useful in their careers:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Types of Bioinformatics Scientist Jobs

  • Genomics Specialist
  • Microarray Analyst
  • Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Developer
  • Systems Analyst

Job Demand for Bioinformatics Scientists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 38,700 jobs in the United States for Bioinformatics Scientist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,100 new jobs for Bioinformatics Scientist by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,700 positions for Bioinformatics Scientist per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Bioinformatics Scientist are Nevada, Utah, and Ohio. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, South Dakota, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Bioinformatics Scientist

The salary for Bioinformatics Scientists ranges between about $45,030 and $126,390 a year.

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Bioinformatics Scientists who work in Maryland, Rhode Island, or Delaware, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Bioinformatics Scientists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $67,200
Alaska $77,430
Arizona $83,680
Arkansas $74,380
California $91,340
Colorado $71,380
Connecticut $93,180
Delaware $91,760
District of Columbia $104,460
Florida $71,200
Georgia $72,460
Hawaii $79,760
Idaho $70,770
Illinois $84,180
Indiana $69,180
Iowa $62,320
Kansas $64,560
Kentucky $64,780
Louisiana $66,100
Maine $76,840
Maryland $103,790
Massachusetts $84,790
Michigan $75,110
Minnesota $73,770
Mississippi $80,690
Missouri $67,290
Montana $66,110
Nebraska $74,790
Nevada $73,490
New Hampshire $78,780
New Jersey $76,330
New Mexico $73,610
New York $89,000
North Carolina $83,380
North Dakota $70,590
Ohio $67,780
Oklahoma $64,200
Oregon $69,930
Pennsylvania $73,550
Rhode Island $89,210
South Carolina $78,370
South Dakota $65,660
Tennessee $67,690
Texas $80,900
Utah $74,290
Vermont $78,070
Virginia $93,750
Washington $85,200
West Virginia $70,060
Wisconsin $73,520
Wyoming $71,030

What Tools & Technology do Bioinformatics Scientists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Bioinformatics Scientists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL
  • Word processing software
  • Data visualization software
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Linux
  • Ruby
  • Extensible markup language XML

How do I Become a Bioinformatics Scientist?

What education is needed to be a Bioinformatics Scientist?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Bioinformatics Scientists Work

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