Bioinformatics Technicians

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About the Job

Apply principles and methods of bioinformatics to assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. Apply bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate or interpret molecular data. May build and maintain databases for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information.

It is also Called

  • Scientific Informatics Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Museum Informatics Specialist
  • Log Data Technician
  • Informatics Developer
  • Database Technician
  • Data Technician
  • Data Analyst
  • Biotechnician
  • Biometrics Technician
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What They Do

  • Test new or updated software or tools and provide feedback to developers.
  • Train bioinformatics staff or researchers in the use of databases.
  • Package bioinformatics data for submission to public repositories.
  • Perform routine system administrative functions, such as troubleshooting, back-ups, or upgrades.
  • Confer with database users about project timelines and changes.
  • Monitor database performance and perform any necessary maintenance, upgrades, or repairs.
  • Design or implement web-based tools for querying large-scale biological databases.
  • Develop or apply data mining and machine learning algorithms.
  • Create data management or error-checking procedures and user manuals.
  • Document all database changes, modifications, or problems.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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 Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $52,680 with most people making between $36,320 and $71,710

Outlook

1.82%
avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 1,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,300 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.