What to expect from a Bioinformatics career

Bioinformatics is a growing field. As we continue to use technology in science, we make advancements and discoveries, and improve scientific processes. Bioinformatics combines computers and biology to manage biological information through computer tools and systems for the purpose of extracting data. Ontario college bioinformatics programs use leading-edge technology to prepare students for a career in this in-demand field.

If you’re interested in applying your current degree or diploma to a biotechnology- or computer-related field, and want to specialize in biological information management, here’s what you need to know.

Bioinformatics Courses

Bioinformatics programs at Ontario colleges are offered as one-year graduate certificates. Program topics encompass biological science, computer science and statistics to prepare students for this multidisciplinary field. Students will not only learn to create systems that store information, but will also learn how to analyze the stored data. Bioinformatics program courses could include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Biological data management
  • Database design
  • Research methods
  • Genomics
  • Project management

Some programs offer a co-operative work placement term after the first two semesters. The work placement gives students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in class and gain real-world experience before graduating.

General Bioinformatics Program Requirements

Depending on the program, bioinformatics programs at Ontario colleges require either a post-secondary degree or diploma in biotechnology, computer science, software engineering or a related field.

Non-academic requirements may include submitting a resume or taking an admissions test. Some colleges also recommend having knowledge of statistics.

Bioinformatics Jobs and Salaries

Bioinformatics programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for a specialized, in-demand career. Pharmaceutical, environmental and medical are just a few of the common industries where bioinformatics professionals can apply their skills. Possible job titles include bioinformatics technician, scientist, researcher, database developer and more.

Salaries for bioinformatics professionals can vary widely depending on the position, however the advanced education and knowledge required to fill a role generally results in a higher starting salary, ranging anywhere from roughly $40,000 to upwards of $65,000.

Ontario Colleges Offering Bioinformatics Programs

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