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43-9111.01 - Bioinformatics Technicians
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.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Develop or maintain applications that process biologically based data into searchable databases for purposes of analysis, calculation, or presentation.
- Enter or retrieve information from structural databases, protein sequence motif databases, mutation databases, genomic databases or gene expression databases.
- Monitor database performance and perform any necessary maintenance, upgrades, or repairs.
- Analyze or manipulate bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data mining techniques.
- Confer with researchers, clinicians, or information technology staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities.
- Create data management or error-checking procedures and user manuals.
- Design or implement web-based tools for querying large-scale biological databases.
- Develop or apply data mining and machine learning algorithms.
- Document all database changes, modifications, or problems.
- Extend existing software programs, web-based interactive tools, or database queries as sequence management and analysis needs evolve.
- Maintain awareness of new and emerging computational methods and technologies.
- Participate in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
- Test new or updated software or tools and provide feedback to developers.
- Train bioinformatics staff or researchers in the use of databases.
- Write computer programs or scripts to be used in querying databases.
- Conduct quality analyses of data inputs and resulting analyses or predictions.
- Confer with database users about project timelines and changes.
- Package bioinformatics data for submission to public repositories.
- Perform routine system administrative functions such as troubleshooting, back-ups, and upgrades.
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Statistical Assistants.
Employment data collected from Statistical Assistants.
Industry data collected from Statistical Assistants.
|Median wages (2012)||$19.15 hourly, $39,840 annual|
|Employment (2010)||17,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Slower than average (3% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||4,100|
|Top industries (2010)||
Government (45% employed in this sector)
Finance and Insurance (21%)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.