Bioinformatics Specialists

Bioinformatics specialists collect, manage, and study biological (especially DNA) and biochemical data at the molecular level by using computer software and hardware. They also design computer databases and develop complicated mathematical formulas called algorithms to study and manage data. Bioinformatics specialists are also known as biostatisticians, computational biologists, bioinformaticists, bioinformatics scientists, and biometricians.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bioinformaticists, Bioinformatics Scientists, Biometricians, Biostatisticians, Computational Biologists
Duties Collect, manage, and study biological and biochemical data at the molecular level by using computer software and hardware; design computer databases and develop complicated mathematical formulas called algorithms
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience Internship, volunteering, or a part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, or Manager, or College Professor
  • Experienced Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Entry-Level Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Bioinformatics Technician

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