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What is a Bioinformatics Technician?

Bioinformatics Technician Job Description 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.

Bioinformatics Technician Responsibilities

  • Create data management or error-checking procedures and user manuals.
  • Participate in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
  • Develop or apply data mining and machine learning algorithms.
  • Train bioinformatics staff or researchers in the use of databases.
  • Test new or updated software or tools and provide feedback to developers.
  • Package bioinformatics data for submission to public repositories.

Skills Needed to be a Bioinformatics Technician

These are the skills Bioinformatics Technicians say are the most useful in their careers:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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.

  • Bioinformatics Assistant
  • Biotechnician
  • Museum Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Developer
  • Assistant Research Scientist

Bioinformatics Technician Job Outlook

There were about 11,800 jobs for Bioinformatics Technician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,100 new jobs for Bioinformatics Technician by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Bioinformatics Technician are Utah, Florida, and Arkansas. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Bioinformatics Technicians Salary

The salary for Bioinformatics Technicians ranges between about $31,470 and $72,860 a year.

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Bioinformatics Technicians who work in Connecticut, Washington, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Bioinformatics Technicians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,720
Arizona $39,180
California $50,250
Colorado $45,250
Connecticut $72,480
District of Columbia $54,990
Florida $48,180
Georgia $50,510
Hawaii $47,890
Illinois $53,760
Indiana $37,970
Iowa $55,120
Louisiana $56,010
Maine $40,530
Maryland $49,900
Massachusetts $61,730
Michigan $49,940
Minnesota $49,370
Mississippi $25,280
Missouri $43,410
Nebraska $41,940
Nevada $50,320
New Hampshire $47,210
New Jersey $51,020
New Mexico $45,020
New York $55,620
North Carolina $41,520
Ohio $43,390
Oklahoma $45,520
Oregon $45,920
Pennsylvania $49,850
Rhode Island $52,530
South Carolina $40,160
Tennessee $41,240
Texas $56,700
Utah $54,440
Virginia $52,100
Washington $63,900
West Virginia $42,530
Wisconsin $45,510

What Tools do Bioinformatics Technicians Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Bioinformatics Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL
  • Word processing software
  • Data visualization software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Linux

How to Become a Bioinformatics Technician

What education is needed to be a Bioinformatics Technician?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Bioinformatics Technicians Are Employed

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The table below shows the approximate number of Bioinformatics Technicians employed by various industries.

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