Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is a rapidly expanding field in the health sciences, with a tremendous need for professionals who can interpret and provide information to patients and health care providers. Bioinformatics is now a mainstay discipline of health care and is responsible for the analysis and interpretation of large amounts of health data sets. Bioinformatics has a variety of applications in the fields of medicine, nursing, public health, and information systems. Because the field relies on large data sets to make important decisions about health and medical practice, those working in the field must possess an exceptional set of skills.

Biologists and immunologists employed in health care can benefit from a career in bioinformatics. Those entering this field can expect to work in a variety of positions such as analyzing large numbers of clinical samples, assisting physicians in designing treatment plans, analyzing clinical samples, and performing other manual tasks related to the analysis of biological genome data sets. Some individuals trained in bioinformatics will eventually become programmers or consultants in the area of computer science and health informatics. Other career options include faculty members at health information management institutions and departments of public health.

Those in the field of bioinformatics can also find employment as research associates in medical research laboratories, school districts, health departments, or companies involved in managing large data sets. These professionals may also work in hospitals as senior personnel in analyzing large data sets or as visiting authors and posters in medical conferences and workshops. Some bioinformatics professionals may work directly with clinical research centers and data management departments of health organizations.