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Bioinformaticist survey results

Mary wrote about this Bioinformaticist Career survey previously and now the results areblast survey out (that’s some analysis, here are the full results).

Looking through the results and discussing it briefly with others, I would say that there is nothing particularly surprising from my experience in the bioinformatics field. The survey reflects what I see today. What is notable is that many bioinformaticists in the survey have commented that they see the future of bioinformatics moving toward more integration with other fields and more cross-disciplinary needs, as illustrated by this comment by one (and many others):

“bioinformatics will be incorporated into cross-disciplinary work by scientists that will learn to use computational tools and insights as a commonplace part of their experimeweb site usents, part in silico, part wet bench”

I would agree, though of course I could well be wrong :), with that and along with that will come the need less for ‘bioinformaticists’ and more for biologists trained in bioinformatics. A quick look of some of the analysis is also not particularly surprising, BLAST is by far and away the most cited application of use (lots of alignment and phylogeny stuff there too) as can be seen by the chart (left ) on the results analysis site. Asked which web application/site they use most, it’s an interest mixture between utility sites Google Docs (hmm, maybe there’s something I should look at there :), Gmail, Twitter, WordPress and biological resources like NCBI, UCSC Genome Browser, Ensembl, BLAST, Connotea and PubMed. I think the questions here might have been designed better. Those are two entirely different categories and I would love to see the results (of course ;) for the resources if that was more explicitly asked. Perhaps next survey (btw, that those 5 biological resources made the it in the graph is no surprise to me).

It will be interesting to go through this data in some more detail!

Bioinformatics career survey

survey.jpgFrom the BioEdu mailing list comes a request to get input on a survey for BioinformaticsZen:

Via BioinformaticsZen.com:

“When I wrote a post about my opinion of doing a career in bioinformatics I got the impression from the comments that this was something many people wanted more information about. Pedro and I had some discussion, and thought it might be interesting to create an online survey, to get current researchers’ opinions of working in the field of bioinformatics. So, the below survey begins today (July 1) and is filled out by as many people as possible over the course the next month. The data is then released into the public domain at the start of next month (August 1). Anyone who is then interested can contribute back analysis of this data, so that on September 1 hopefully we can compile together lots of interesting statistics and graphs into a handy document discussing the highs and lows of career in bioinformatics.”

The survey can be found at the Bioinformatics.Org Career Center through July:
http://www.bioinformatics.org/jobs/

And you can fill out the survey or get the code from BioinformaticsZen and embed the survey on your own site, too:
http://www.bioinformaticszen.com/2008/07/creating-a-picture-of-different-careers-in-bioinformatics/