Careers in Biology: Bioinformatician

If you study biology as an undergraduate student, you have many options available to you after graduation that will utilize the skills you have gained as a science student. There are many directions you can go! However, if you are passionate about the field of biology, then you may want to start your career exploration by first learning about career fields that require knowledge and skills specific to biology.

One resource you can use to explore these options is Focus 2. In addition to the career assessments, Focus 2 also includes a robust list of career options related to Binghamton majors, including detailed information about each related career option. You can also use the resource O*NET to search based on “Knowledge Area” and select Biology to be connected to a list of career options that require biology knowledge.  

Another great resource is Candid Career. Through Candid Career, you can watch clips of interviews with professionals from a ton of different fields talking about their career paths, challenges in the field, and what their jobs are actually like day to day. To get started with this resource, check out this interview with a Bioinformatician

A Career as a Bioinformatician

This bioinformatician, Jeff, uses scientific methods and tools to examine extracted DNA molecules to see whether or not genetic does may be carriers of whichever mutation he is studying.  This professional has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UMBC and a Doctorate in Cell Biology from Dartmouth College. Listen here as he provides a general description of this position. 

Next, Jeff will share what he loves about his job and what challenges him in this role. 

Finally, learn more about how to prepare for a job as a bioinformatician. 

You can check out Candid Career and all of the resources mentioned above to learn about other career options for those with a passion for biology. 


By Erica Kryst, PhD
Erica Kryst, PhD Senior Associate Director, Career Experiences and Education