Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is about the application of methods and technologies from information and computer science to biology and medicine.

Examples include DNA sequencing, drug design, modelling of evolution, etc.

Studying in this area includes learning how to apply computationally intensive techniques to large databases concerning humans, animals or plants.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Bioinformaticist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technician
  • Science teacher
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

145% of national
median earnings


Employment

54%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
36%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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