Workshop, Friday, December 9
Mining for Bioinformatics Jobs: Training
students with the appropriate skill set for a successful career
in the Bioinformatics Field.
This year we will focus on the bioinformatics skills
needed to be successful in today’s bioinformatics market in
the academic, industry, and other non-academic environments.
Last year the
Education Panel discussion focused on introductions and exchange
of ideas on best practices for Bioinformatics Education and course
curriculum with in the regional west. This was accomplished by having
representatives from each of the academic institutions introduce
their Bioinformatics Programs and present the progress and challenges.
This year we will focus on the bioinformatics skills needed to be
successful in today’s bioinformatics market in the academic,
industry, and other non-academic environments.
An article in
Nature Reviews | Drug Discovery (2004) on bioinformatics
careers states, “the growing number of courses and experience
workers in bioinformatics means that the recruitment market has
become tougher for new graduates”. According to a survey of
academic training programs and an analysis of advertised job openings
published in 2005 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education),
it was concluded that the labor market in bioinformatics has changed
dramatically from 1990s to the early 2000s. The number of training
programs, as well as enrollment, expanded rapidly during this period.
The expansion has created a substantial pipeline of students who
will matriculate from these programs in the near future. Results
of the survey state, while the expansion of training programs has
occurred, the demand in bioinformatics market declined and its origins
have shifted largely from industry to academe. Unless conditions
in industry change dramatically in the next few years, it is likely
that trainees from these programs will have difficulty finding the
expect jobs in industry.”
IF this proposed
trend is accurate, this raises a number of issues, which are the
topic of Rocky 2005 Education Panel Discussion. In session I: we
will have a panel of academics professionals who will discuss their
perspective. In session II: we will have a panel of non-academics
describe their perspective. In session III: we will open up the
discussion to participants in a round table discussion.
1. Are we training our students appropriately for careers in academia
and what is the required skill set needed?
2. How do we train our student to be successful in careers outside
of academia given the current bioinformatics job market?