Bioinformatics scientists apply bioinformatic methods to research areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, computer information science, and medical informatics. Primarily employed in the health care, higher education, and research science industries, bioinformatics scientists enjoy a growing demand for their services, especially in North Carolina.
In 2012, U.S. bioinformatics scientists earned national median wages of $34.95 per hour, or $72,700 per year, in a growing job market. In 2010, 35,800 clinical research coordinators were employed in the U.S., a figure set to rise to 38,000 by 2020, in a 6% increase creating 1,030 new jobs.
North Carolina bioinformatics scientists earned slightly above the national average in 2012, with median wages of $35.22 per hour, or $73,300 per year, and demand is on the rise. In 2010, 1,410 bioinformatics scientists were employed in NC, a figure set to rise to 1,650 by 2020, in a 17% increase creating 60 new jobs. A glance at the many jobs currently available at both the national and local levels reveals a career path rich with opportunity
If you are interested in a career in bioinformatics science, NC State, with one of the oldest and most respected statistics programs in the nation, can help. Most bioinformatics science jobs require a master’s degree, and at NC State, you can earn one in Statistics online, augmented with an online Certificate in Applied or Computational Statistics. Or you can earn your MS on Statistics on our campus in Raleigh, where you can also pursue a PhD and take advantage of two programs, SIBS and NHLBI, which focus on biostatistics.
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