A computational biologist (bioinformatics) applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics to address biological problems. Computational biologists’ main focus lies in developing mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques which allow them to address scientific research topics.
Low End Salary: $38,780/yr Median Salary: $68,220/yr High End Salary: $102,300/yr 

Education:
Until recently, there were no formal educational opportunities in computational biology at the graduate level. Therefore, most of the current practitioners and authorities in the field have a combination of degrees at the graduate (master or doctorate) and undergraduate levels in mathematics, computer science, and biology. Today there are many computational biology programs at schools across the United States.Math Required:
College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, Probability and StatisticsWhen Math is Used:
Computational biologists use math as they apply algorithms and statistical techniques to the interpretation, classification, and understanding of biological data. These data sets typically consist of large numbers of DNA, RNA, or protein sequences. They are also concerned with building computational models of biological systems and mathematically modeling the behavior of molecules.Potential Employers:
Highly qualified individuals are in demand at academic, private, and government research institutes. Potential employers include the federal and state government, universities, research development agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. Faster than average job growth is predicted for computational biologists, especially in the field of genetic research and development.Facts:
Many subfields of computational biology exist, including computational genomics, which is the study of genomes of cells and organisms. Currently, the Human Genome Project is set to sequence the entire human genome into a set of data. Once finished, this will allow doctors to analyze an individual patient's genome, their entire genetic hereditary information. Another important field is cancer computational biology, which uses an algorithmic approach to predict future mutations in cancer.Citations:
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