What does a Bioinformatics Scientist do?

Bioinformatics scientists use technology and computer science to study and find biological solutions. They collaborate closely with various scientists including microbiologists, plant biologists, or computer scientists and identify opportunities for accelerating product development. They use genetic information databases to find ways to identify and treat issues including human, animal, and plant disease. They translate data into competitive knowledge by providing relevant and innovative bioinformatics analysis that meets their criteria.

Bioinformatics scientists identify and develop software tools for efficient data integration, mine biological data, and collaborate closely with various applicable disciplines. They build innovative frameworks for data integration and automated data mining and develop reusable libraries and references. They implement best coding practices to continually improve a company's competition or capabilities and workflows and apply computational tools to transform genomics data. Bioinformatics scientists need a master's degree in genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Bioinformatics Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$106,517 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$75K
Median: $107K
$151K
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Bioinformatics Scientist Career Path

Learn how to become a Bioinformatics Scientist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Bioinformatics Scientist Insights

Read what Bioinformatics Scientist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Pillar BiosciencesPillar Biosciences
Bioinformatics Scientist
Oct 20, 2021

“I enjoyed all our interactions and they were so easy and fun to work with.”

Triplet Therapeutics
Bioinformatics Intern
Oct 21, 2020

“Was a great introduction to the field of bioinformatics and its potential to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry.”

Espire DentalEspire Dental
World Leader
Apr 16, 2021

“They put people above everything!!! Truly the best group of people I have ever worked with.”

Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University
Bioinformaticist
Dec 15, 2021

“Good good good good good”

illumnus
Bioinformatician
Sep 7, 2021

“Nice place to work and make friends”

L3HarrisL3Harris
Scientist, Engineering
Oct 23, 2020

“Great benefit and can add 5”

IIT MadrasIIT Madras
Bioinformatician
Jul 1, 2021

“Good innovative solutions and all the best”

Pillar BiosciencesPillar Biosciences
Bioinformatics Scientist
Oct 20, 2021

“I was able to work with some of the best people I have ever met.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a bioinformatics scientist

When working as a bioinformatics scientist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are UNIX Linux, Python, PERL, Scripting Languages, and Writing Protocols.

The most similar professions to bioinformatics scientist are:
  • Microbiologist
  • Biologist
  • Computational Biologist
  • Environmental Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a bioinformatics scientist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.