If you have been thinking about going into a career in Bioinformatics and you are already studying or planning to study in a university, it is likely that you will need to get your master's in Bioinformatics in order to continue your studies. Bioinformatics stands for “the study of molecular biology” and is a very broad field that has many different facets to it, the main one being “assembling biological information”. Assembling this information will allow the computer to take care of all of the “big numbers” as well as many other things necessary for a successful laboratory.
There are various branches of Bioinformatics. A typical student will attend either an undergraduate level university or a graduate level university. You will need to select which school you would like to go to in terms of their curriculum as well as the type of course they teach. You may also want to take courses towards the Master's Degree which will not take as long as your undergraduate courses, but it is important to get your graduate studies completed before you begin working in the field.
You will need to choose a school that offers a Bachelor's Degree program which will take you anywhere from one to four years to complete, or you may choose a Master's degree which is typically longer but will take less time than your Bachelor's degree. It is important to do research to make sure that you are getting the right courses so that you can finish your course work in a timely manner. A Master's degree will allow you to progress quickly within your career, but you should be prepared to take a lot of courses at once if you choose this route.
When choosing a school to get your Masters Degree, you should also consider their program, which is normally divided into two sections. You will need to know what the program is before you decide if you would prefer to get your degree online or through a traditional university.
An online university will offer you a program that is very similar to what you would get at a traditional university, however you will be able to study when you want and you can work from home. This makes it an attractive choice for many people, but some people are apprehensive about enrolling in this type of program due to the lack of face to face contact. While this is true with traditional universities, you will . . . . . . still have access to a professor whenever you feel like talking to him/her, although this is only in theory, you may have to be online chatting for long stretches.
The benefits of obtaining your Bioinformatics Masters are tremendous, and many are opting to further their career by obtaining a Master's Degree. In the end the decision comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for from your career. Some people choose to be an employee while others seek to become a medical researcher.