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What does a Computational Biologist do?

Computational biologists are skilled scientists who use complex computer algorithms for the research and analysis of biological systems. They use computers and advanced data analytics software to research biological topics, including cellular growth, protein sampling, or genetic sequencing. They create mathematical equations, compute trends in the way life works and functions, perform bioinformatics laboratory research, and perform various research applications and tasks in the field.

Computational biologists work in government and commercial industries, as post-secondary teachers, or computer and information research scientists. In academia, they might work as a biology professor. In contrast, in computer and information research science, they may work with pharmaceutical companies, software companies, and biotechnology companies for research and development projects. In government, they may be hired in various health and research institutes to analyze vast quantities of research data. Computational biologists need a Ph.D. Relevant work also includes a bachelor's or master's degree in biology and other appropriate fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
47%
8+
47%

Common Skill Sets

Python MATLAB
Datasets
Machine Learning
PHD
Statistics
Genomic
Algorithms
Pipeline

Computational Biologist Seniority Levels

Bioinformatics Scientist
15% made the transition
Biostatistician
3% made the transition
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Computational Biologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$100,272 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$72K
Median: $100K
$130K
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