Career Details for Bioinformatics Scientists

Bioinformatics Scientists

Also called:

Bioinformaticist, Bioinformatics Scientist, Research Scientist, Senior Scientist

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Develop new software applications or customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
  • Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.
  • Create novel computational approaches and analytical tools as required by research goals.

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Math and Science

  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

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Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by writing
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • SAS
  • The MathWorks MATLAB

Object or component oriented development software

  • C++
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl

Data base management system software

  • Apache Hadoop
  • MySQL


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bachelor's degree or
post-doctoral training usually needed

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New job opportunities are likely in the future.


per year, on average


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