Applies 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 Government and Public Administration cluster Planning 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.
- Enters 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.
- Participates in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
- Confers with researchers, clinicians, or information technology staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities.
- Writes computer programs or scripts to be used in querying databases.
- Documents all database changes, modifications, or problems.