Careers in Bioinformatics: Hot and Getting Hotter
Chew on this thought: 90 percent of all the data in existence was generated in the last two years. And according to IBM, 2.5 million terabytes of data are created every day, with an average computer holding 1 terabyte of data.
This partly explains why fields like data science and bioinformatics are considered the hot and sexy new fields to work in.
The term big data is usually used to describe—surprise!—large volumes of data, both structured and unstructured. That means data generated across an organization or enterprise such as sales figures, website clicks, etc. In biopharma, it can include that information, but increasingly means huge amounts of genetic data as well as other biological and health-related information.
Which is where bioinformatics and data science come in. There’s so much data to work with now that there is a need for people who specialize in data analyses and manipulation who have a background in the life sciences.