What’s The Answer? (explosion of careers)

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This week’s highlighted post was popular, and offers some amusing chatter on the state of the field with regard to employment opportunities.

Forum: “An Explosion Of Bioinformatics Careers” – from Science Careers

I’m not sure if that was already posted, but I had found it interesting, especially with the growing amount of questions “should I get to bioinformatics”. Last paragraph of this piece from Science:

Data scientists can expect the field to change and evolve in novel ways in the near future. But the bottom line is that “companies are growing their bioinformatics,” says Kaleck. “There are 100% more job opportunities opening up in bioinformatics than ever before,” much of which is driven by an increase in venture capital investment.

Given that big data “is the hottest field on the planet,” says Agrafiotis, those who have the requisite skills and expertise often have their pick of opportunities. “I have to fight Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, and hedge funds to hire the top people. They are valuable in any industry.”

In particular, the future of big data in big pharma and biotech sectors is bright and exciting. “Bring your expertise to health care,” says Telthorst, “and you’ll know you’re going to make a difference, at the patient level and at the societal level.”

–Pawel Szczesny

Istvan’s comment and description of our current “caveman era” is something I wouldn’t have thought of, but I can see where he’s going with that. Heh.

Referenced article:

Levine A.G. (2014). An Explosion Of Bioinformatics Careers, Science, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.opms.r1400143