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Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field.

 

Interdisciplinarity - linking life science and computer science - is what makes studying bioinformatics an exciting experience. If a graduate should loose interest in bioinformatics, due to the solid training in informatics he or she will have the same excellent job perspectives as a "pure" computer scientist.

 

Bioinformaticians find their jobs at academic institutions, in bioinformatics and biotech & pharmaceutical companies.

 

Their tasks are exciting and diverse: many unsolved problems offer new challenges again and again. Bioinformaticians contribute decisively to the development of new drugs and therapies.

 

Graduates can choose between positions in bioinformatics and the "standard" computer science fields.

 

Perhaps bioinformatics - the shotgun marriage between biology and mathematics, computer science, and engineering - is like an elephant that occupies a large chair in the scientific living room.

 

[...] Bioinformatics is not simply a biologically inclined rehash of information theory nor is it a hodgepodge of computer science techniques for building, updating, and accessing biological data. Rather bioinformatics incorporates both of these capabilities into a broad interdisciplinary science that involves both conceptual and practical tools for the understanding, generation, processing, and propagation of biological information. As such, bioinformatics is the sine qua non of 21st-century biology."

"Science", February 2000