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.
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In October 2019, PayScale revealed that salaries for bioinformatics professionals ranged from $39,000 to $151,000, averaging $81,000. Salaries varied depending on the specific job. For example, postdoctoral research associates earned average annual salaries of $49,000. Bioinformaticians earned an average of $71,000 annually, while bioinformatics scientists had average salaries closer to $96,000...
Bioinformatics specialists typically work in comfortable, well-lit offices. They often have state-of-the art computers, which help them to effectively do their work. Bioinformatics specialists work a standard 35- to 40-hour week, although overtime may be needed to meet project deadlines.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the employment of bioinformatics scientists (including bioinformatics specialists) will experience average growth through 2028. The completion of the Human Genome Project has allowed scientists to compile a vast amount of genetic information and has increased interest in bioinformatics. Information technology continues to play a key role in biotechnology an...