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Career Options in Bioinformatics

A new subject of study that makes use of computer science as well as information technology in biological and medical fields is known as bioinformatics. The fundamental subjects of bioinformatics are information systems, software engineering, web technology, signal processing, artificial intelligence, statistics, circuit theory, data mining and algorithms. Therefore a bioinformatics professional should study all the principles related with Science as well as engineering as a part of the curriculum.

Job Profiles in Bioinformatics
Several job profiles are being enjoyed by the by the aspirants in the bioinformatics industry. Bioinformatics has been listed by the National Association of Software and Service companies as one of the fast growing industries in India as well as abroad.  There are a lot of job profiles being enjoyed by aspirants in the dairy industry. Some of the common job profiles in the field of bioinformatics are as follows.
  • Bioinformatics Research Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Research Analyst
  • Bioinformatics Java Developer
  • Bioinformatics Computing Consultant
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • System Analyst
  • Technical Support
  • Database Designer / Administrator
  • Applications Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Marketing Department
The salary packages are different for different job profiles.
Career Opportunities in Public sector
Bioinformatics aspirants have several job opportunities in public sector. The candidates have to appear for various exams that are being conducted by the PSC, UPSC and SSC in order to get placed in any of the government firms. Some of the top government firms that recruit these professionals are as follows.
  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • Indian Institute of Spices Research
Career opportunities in Private sector
Private sector offers enormous job opportunities in the field of bioinformatics. Some of the leading private sector companies in the field of bioinformatics are listed below.
  • GVK Biosciences
  • Ranbaxy
  • AstraZeneca Research Centre
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories
  • Biscon
  • Strand Life Sciences
  • Celera Genomics
  • Avestha Gengraine Technologies Private Limited
  • CuraGen
Bioinformatics Opportunities Abroad
Those who hold a degree in the field of bioinformatics have excellent job opportunities in sectors such as Life Sciences, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutics. They can also find great career opportunities in Europe.
Salary Range
Public sector firms offer a salary that ranges from Rs 15,000/- to Rs 50,000/- per  month. But private sector firms propose much better salary along with the scope for research.  Their salary packages start from Rs 25,000/- per month. People those who have previous experience in this field often get a chance to obtain a higher salary.