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Working As A Bioinformatics Software Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Bioinformatics Software Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Bioinformatics Software Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Bioinformatics Software Engineer
Internship 7.6%
Fellow 5.1%
Developer 5.1%
Top Careers After Bioinformatics Software Engineer
Statistician 11.4%

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Bioinformatics Software Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Unknown

16.0%

Female

12.0%
Ethnicity

Asian

40.4%

White

39.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

1.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Bioinformatics Software Engineer Education

Schools

University of Alabama at Birmingham

8.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.3%

Georgia State University

8.3%

Texas A&M University

8.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

University of California - Berkeley

4.2%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.2%

Wayne State University

4.2%

Johns Hopkins University

4.2%

Georgetown University

4.2%

California State University - San Marcos

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.2%

University of Georgia

4.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.6%

Biostatistics

21.4%

Biotechnology

7.1%

Information Systems

7.1%

Biology

3.6%

Statistics

3.6%

Philosophy

3.6%

Computer Systems Security

3.6%

Pharmacy

3.6%

Anthropology

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Mathematics

3.6%

Physics

3.6%

Neuroscience

3.6%
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Degrees

Masters

53.6%

Doctorate

25.0%

Bachelors

14.3%

Other

3.6%

Certificate

3.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$73,000
Min 10%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Ambry Genetics
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Bioinformatics Software Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bioinformatics Software Engineer in the United States is $99,987 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Bioinformatics Software Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer, Bioinformatics Invitae Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 28, 2015 $155,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Invitae Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 28, 2014 $155,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Apr 22, 2016 $141,605
Senior Bioinformatics Software Engineer Genentech Inc. South San Francisco, CA May 01, 2016 $134,638
Bioinformatics Sofware Engineer III Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $114,802 -
$186,600
Bioinformatics Sofware Engineer III Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $114,400 -
$186,600
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Guardant Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 03, 2016 $110,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $105,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Helix Employment, LLC San Carlos, CA Dec 09, 2016 $102,398 -
$134,000
Software Engineer-Bioinformatics Agilent Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2011 $99,653 -
$124,128
Bioinformatics Software Engineer SRA International, Inc. Rockville, MD Nov 03, 2014 $95,326
Bioinformatics Software Engineer SRA International, Inc. Rockville, MD Mar 11, 2014 $95,326
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Apr 01, 2014 $95,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer II The J. David Gladstone Institutes San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2016 $94,000 -
$100,980
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $90,000
SR Bioinformatics Software Engineer University of Maryland Baltimore Baltimore, MD Sep 11, 2010 $90,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Avila Therapeutics, Inc. Waltham, MA Feb 14, 2011 $90,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer, Senior University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2015 $87,340
Senior Bioinformatics Software Engineer University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Mar 14, 2014 $85,417
Bioinformatics Software Engineer I Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $84,975
Bioinformatics Software Engineer General Hospital Corporation MA Sep 15, 2009 $84,302
Senior Bioinformatics Software Engineer University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Sep 26, 2013 $82,930
Bioinformatics Software Engineer Accretion Consultants, LLC Waltham, MA Sep 30, 2010 $73,466
Bioinformatics Software Engineer II University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Jan 12, 2016 $72,000
Bioinformatics Software Engineer The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Apr 27, 2015 $70,500 -
$109,500

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Top Skills for A Bioinformatics Software Engineer

  1. SQL
  2. Database
  3. Perl
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Automated investigator publication statistics generation with PHP pipeline to query multiple databases.
  • Developed and maintained biological sequence processing applications in C, Perl, Python, Spark.
  • Required interaction with API's for control modules of camera, laser, imaging filters and micro-controller.
  • Created MongoDB-backed pipeline to automate genomic data analysis (RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq) and visualization.
  • Designed client website for GeneAcumen using Labkey APIs, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and EXT JS.

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