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What does a typical workday look like for a Bioinformatician or a Statistical Geneticist?

Im looking to get my masters in bioinformatics and I want to make sure it’s going to be the right career choice for me. I currently have a background in medical laboratory science, working both in clinical labs and pharmaceutical labs.

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Marcelius Levites’s Answer

Hey Dani, it's great to see you taking on a role in your field. You're really smart for wanting to expand your studies and explore all your options. Here's some information that I hope will be helpful to you.

Daily tasks for Bioinformatics Scientists include:
- Analyzing large molecular datasets, such as raw microarray data, genomic sequence data, and proteomics data for research purposes.
- Working with various genomic, proteomic, or post-genomic databases that are publicly available, commercial, or proprietary.
- Supervising technicians and IT staff who use bioinformatics tools or applications in areas like proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and clinical bioinformatics.

Weekly or monthly tasks for Bioinformatics Scientists involve:
- Developing new software applications or customizing existing ones to meet specific project needs.
- Creating unique computational methods and analytical tools to achieve research objectives.
- Collaborating with researchers to address problems, suggest technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies.
- Staying updated on new biochemistries, instruments, or software by reading scientific literature and attending professional conferences.
- Gathering data for activities such as gene expression profiling, genome annotation, and structural bioinformatics.

Working Hours:
- Bioinformatics Scientists typically work more than 40 hours per week.
- Their work schedule is regular, with a set routine.

Work Environment:
- Indoors and environmentally controlled.

Good luck and best wishes to you!