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Bioinformatics Technicians - 15-2099.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply principles and methods of bioinformatics to assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. Apply bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate or interpret molecular data. May build and maintain databases for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bioinformatics Analyst
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Bioinformatics Technician
  • Biotechnician
  • Museum Informatics Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Informatics Analyst

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze or manipulate bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data mining techniques.
  • Conduct quality analyses of data inputs and resulting analyses or predictions.
  • Confer with database users about project timelines and changes.
  • Confer with researchers, clinicians, or information technology staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities.
  • Create data management or error-checking procedures and user manuals.
  • Design or implement web-based tools for querying large-scale biological databases.
  • Develop or apply data mining and machine learning algorithms.
  • Develop or maintain applications that process biologically based data into searchable databases for purposes of analysis, calculation, or presentation.
  • Document all database changes, modifications, or problems.
  • Enter or retrieve information from structural databases, protein sequence motif databases, mutation databases, genomic databases or gene expression databases.
  • Extend existing software programs, web-based interactive tools, or database queries as sequence management and analysis needs evolve.
  • Maintain awareness of new and emerging computational methods and technologies.
  • Monitor database performance and perform any necessary maintenance, upgrades, or repairs.
  • Package bioinformatics data for submission to public repositories.
  • Participate in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
  • Perform routine system administrative functions, such as troubleshooting, back-ups, or upgrades.
  • Test new or updated software or tools and provide feedback to developers.
  • Train bioinformatics staff or researchers in the use of databases.
  • Write computer programs or scripts to be used in querying databases.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze operational or research data.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Develop computer or online applications.
  • Develop data analysis or data management procedures.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Format digital documents, data, or images.
  • Maintain current knowledge related to work activities.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Prepare research or technical reports.
  • Search files, databases or reference materials to obtain needed information.
  • Train personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Health Services Systems Management (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Research and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Mathematical Technician