Bioinformatics Scientists

What do 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.

Also known as:

Assistant Scientist, Bioinformaticist, Bioinformatics Scientist, Bioinformatics Team Member, Director of Bioinformatics and Trait Discovery, Director of Informatics, Director of Translation and Experimental Medicine Bioinformatics, Director, Informatics, Post Doctoral Researcher, Postdoc, Postdoctoral Scholar, Principal Bioinformatics Specialist, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Professor of Biostatistics, Research Scientist, Scientific Database Curator, Scientific Informatics Leader, Scientific Informatics Project Leader, Scientist, Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Senior Bioinformatics Specialist, Senior Research Associate, Senior Scientist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Biological Scientists, All Other in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Biological Scientists, All Other is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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  • 11.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #14 in job growth rate
  • 60

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (21.6%)
  • Master's degree (29%)
  • Bachelor's degree (49.4%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Advise others on the development or use of new technologies.
  • Analyze biological samples.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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