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Bioinformatics Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Apples 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. Applies 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 career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Analyzes or manipulates bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data mining techniques.
  • Extends existing software programs, web-based interactive tools, or database queries as sequence management and analysis needs evolve.
  • Maintains awareness of new and emerging computational methods and technologies.
  • Conducts quality analyses of data inputs and resulting analyses or predictions.
  • Enter or retrieves information from structural databases, protein sequence motif databases, mutation databases, genomic databases or gene expression databases.
  • Develops or maintains applications that process biologically based data into searchable databases for purposes of analysis, calculation, or presentation.
  • Confers with researchers, clinicians, or information technology staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities.
  • Participates in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
  • Writes computer programs or scripts to be used in querying databases.
  • Documents all database changes, modifications, or problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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