What is a Bioinformatics Analyst?

By: Marissa Luckman

Career Information

DESCRIPTION

Bioinformatics Analyst's design and develop databases, software and interfaces for analyzing and manipulating genomic databases. Bioinformatics work with production staff to improve analyst capability and data processing. They also work with production staff to implement and design visualization techniques and data queries. Bioinformatic Analyst's maintain large-scale DNA databases, and prepare data for use by scientists. Furthermore, they guide decisions regarding improvements to bioinformatics software.


COMPENSATION

A Bioinformatic Analyst's salary can range from $49,000 to $82,000, the national average being $68,784.


QUALIFICATION"S

The Degree Level of a Bioinformatic Analyst is a Ph.D., the degree field would be Bioinformatics, Experience Includes: Research positions and postdoctoral appointments (both are common) and key skills include: Communication, Analytic Critical-Thinking, advanced mathematical skills, problem solving and logical thinking.


JOB DESCRIPTION

People who work in this job work in laboratories and offices conducting research. They are responsible for presenting and manipulating genomic data, and organize and keep databases up-to-date. Furthermore, they take care of quality assurance and MUST stick to certain protocols.


WORK PLACES

Work places in which Bioinformatic Analyst's could work include: Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering (CBGSE)


Additional Career Sources

1. http://study.com/articles/Bioinformatics_Analyst_Job_Duties_Salary_and_Outlook.html


2. http://biocareers.com/bio-careers-blog/career-tracks-bioinformatics-snapshot-life-bioinformatics-analyst


3. http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_06_13/science.opms.r1400143