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Working As A Bioinformatics Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Bioinformatics Specialist does

  • Developed and trained staff on Biotage Pyrosequencing procedures of PCR products.
  • Generate QC report and plots for new RNASeq samples using BAM files,PICARD, SAM tools etc.
  • Created Perl scripts to aid scientists in their data collection, analysis, and results.
  • Develop RNA degradation based algorithm to improve the quality control of microarray expression data.
  • Collected, validated, and annotated gene sequences and re-assembled the whole-genome sequence of red-flower beetle.
  • Brainstorm with scientists to take informatics systems project ideas from concept to successful implementation.
  • Project 5: Reconfigured the entire pipeline to get it hosted on the High Performance Computing cluster (LSF).
  • Developed a Python-based analytical pipeline, making use of Numpy and Scipy on the backend and Django on the frontend.
  • Develop HLA typing algorithms using sequencing data.
  • Analyze RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data.
  • Designed OWL ontologies to represent and integrate biological pathways for open standards such as BioPAX and the Systems Biology Markup Language.
  • Perform statistical analyses of clinical trial data using SAS.
  • Collaborate with proteomics scientists to identify and predict HDAC-interacting protein with database driven web application.
  • Performed LRN procedures within BSL-3 containment.
  • Used existing machine learning methods and tools such as SVM for the data analysis and trends predictions.
  • Conceptualized and devised methods for functional annotation of novel genes.
  • Participated and assisted in the Nucleic Acid and Protein Sequence Analysis workshop.
  • Performed genetic research, using tools like GCG, BLAST, FASTA, pFAM on UNIX (SUN Solaris).
  • Predict SNP function for genes associated with risks in ovarian cancer.

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Medical Science & Computing Llc
Highest Paying City
Little Rock, AR
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Bioinformatics Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Bioinformatics Specialist in the United States is $81,112 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Bioinformatics Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bioinformatics Specialist Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Jan 12, 2015 $110,000 -
$125,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Dec 01, 2015 $110,000 -
$125,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Bethesda, MD Jun 04, 2012 $100,000
Bioinformatics Specialist The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Dec 13, 2010 $92,000
Bioinformatics Specialist The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jul 07, 2014 $92,000
Bioinformatics Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $87,842
Bioinformatics Specialist II The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Sep 12, 2016 $85,863
Bioinformatics Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $85,000
Bioinformatics Specialist La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology San Diego, CA Apr 21, 2013 $81,029
Bioinformatics Specialist Cellnetix Labs, LLC Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2014 $80,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Berkeley, CA Sep 10, 2016 $80,000
Bioinformatics Specialist I Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 15, 2013 $80,000 -
$90,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, LLC San Diego, CA Feb 26, 2015 $80,000
Bioinformatics Specialist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jun 23, 2015 $76,763
Bioinformatics Specialist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jun 23, 2015 $76,000
Bioinformatics Specialist The Rockefeller University New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $76,000
Scientific Specialist, Bioinformatics Qiagen Sciences, LLC Frederick, MD Sep 01, 2015 $75,394
Bioinformatics Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 20, 2011 $75,000 -
$85,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, LLC San Diego, CA Sep 20, 2015 $75,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Mar 16, 2014 $75,000 -
$85,000
Bioinformatics Specialist Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA Dec 09, 2014 $69,996
Bioinformatics Specialist I Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $69,700
Bioinformatics Specialist/Core Director Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE Aug 10, 2011 $68,661
SR. Bioinformatics Specialist La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology San Diego, CA May 17, 2010 $68,000
Bioinformatics Specialist I Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Sep 23, 2013 $68,000
Bioinformatics Specialist The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. Ardmore, OK Jan 15, 2010 $65,950

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Top Skills for A Bioinformatics Specialist

  1. Data Analysis Pipeline
  2. Web Application
  3. Gene Panels
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  • Developed a data analysis pipeline to perform statistical analysis and assess the quality of SEQUEST and X!Tandem data.
  • Collaborate with proteomics scientists to identify and predict HDAC-interacting protein with database driven web application.
  • Created Perl scripts to aid scientists in their data collection, analysis, and results.
  • Developed a Python-based analytical pipeline, making use of Numpy and Scipy on the backend and Django on the frontend.
  • Implemented PL/SQL procedures and database triggers for data validation and email alerts on finished analyses.

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Top 10 Best States for Bioinformatics Specialists

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  2. Maryland
  3. Rhode Island
  4. North Carolina
  5. New York
  6. Connecticut
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Bioinformatics Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

42.6%

Female

31.5%

Unknown

25.9%
Ethnicity

Asian

37.0%

White

36.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

7.9%

Unknown

6.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Swedish

25.0%

Russian

25.0%

Cherokee

25.0%

Ukrainian

25.0%
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Bioinformatics Specialist Education

Schools

University of Maryland - College Park

10.7%

Winthrop University

7.1%

University of Texas at El Paso

7.1%

University of the Sciences

7.1%

Arizona State University

7.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

7.1%

University of California - San Diego

7.1%

Western Illinois University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Rice University

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

Stanford University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

Tuskegee University

3.6%

Harvard University

3.6%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

Trinity College

3.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.6%
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Majors

Biostatistics

26.3%

Computer Science

17.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

8.8%

Biomedical Engineering

7.0%

Biotechnology

5.3%

Biology

3.5%

Statistics

3.5%

Genetics

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Chemistry

3.5%

Finance

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Microbiology

1.8%

Food Science

1.8%

Mining Engineering

1.8%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

54.4%

Doctorate

21.1%

Bachelors

14.0%

Other

7.0%

Diploma

3.5%
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