Scope Of Bioinformatics In Pakistan: Jobs, Salary, Admission, Career

Written by: Aleena Hussain
In this article, you will know:

  • What is Bioinformatics
  • Jobs of Bioinformatics in Pakistan
  • Salary of Bioinformaticians in Pakistan
  • Find Out This Field is a Match for You

And much more. 

Keep reading.

What Is Bioinformatics And What Do Bioinformaticians Do?

Just by the click of a single computer key, a whole set of genomic data and DNA scans would be in front of you.

How?

Due to Bio information or Computational Biology or Bioinformatics.

Call it what you want to!

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology into bioscience and vice versa.

Bioinformatics is the field where statistics, programming, and software mix with genes, drugs, and DNA. Those who study Bioinformatics are called Bioinformaticians.

They use the application of computer technology to obtain information stored in biological data. They deal with computational genomics, drug therapeutics, human genome sequencing, and translational research.

Bioinformaticians make use of web-based programs, big databases, artificial intelligence, and cloud technology. They use computing skills and software to model, visualize, interpret, and chart gene information.

Bioinformaticians are in high demand in clinical practices, personalized medicine, agricultural and forensic science. There are also vast applications of Bioinformatics in bioenergy, veterinary science, and biotechnology manufacturing industries.

Lots of pharmaceuticals, biomedical organizations, environmental biotech companies, public and private hospitals, and educational institutions hire graduates in Bioinformatics.

Machine learning, statistics, and software engineering basic knowledge should be present in a bioinformatician.

One should be aware of the following programming software:

  • C, 
  • C++
  • Java
  • MATLAB
  • Perl
  • Bash
  • Python
  • Galaxy

And the following operating systems you be known:

  • Linux
  • UNIX
  • Windows 
  • Macintosh

What Are The Required Skills In Bioinformatics?

A good bioinformatician should have excellent problem solving and communication skills along with teamwork and leadership abilities.

Should be proficient in computer software and technology like DNA scanners. Patience, analytical, and logical reasoning skills are critical in a bioinformatician.

And do you know 77% of Employers Not Happy with the Quality of Pakistani Graduates

These are the skills that lack in fresh graduates in Pakistan

  • Verbal Communication (83.63%)
  • Positive Attitude (71.93%)
  • Team Working (64.91%)
  • Critical Thinking (59.06%)
  • Self Confidence (59.06%)
  • Written Communication (57.31%)
  • Drive &Resilience (57.31%)
  • Stress Tolerance (47.37%)
  • Adaptability (46.20%)
  • Time Management (45.61%)
  • Self-Awareness (45.03%) and Planning &Organizing (45.03%)
  • Integrity (43.86%)

What Are The Career Prospects Of Bioinformatics?

  • Bio-statistician: 

Analyzes data and genetic charts for biomedical research purposes.

  • Bioinformatics Software Developer: 

Design and develops high-quality tools and equipment for analyzing hereditary data through digital formats.

  • Pharmacogenetics: 

Studies how various drug therapies and dietary supplements influence genetic makeup.

  • Scientific Curators: 

They are the museum catalogers of the internet age as they collect, organize, curate, and validate biodata in a systematic and comprehensible way.

  • Gene Analyst: 

Researches and conducts experiments to analyze gene structure, gene formation, DNA coding, and genetic makeup.

What Are The Important Points To Be A Bioinformaticians?

  • Interests
  • Biology
  • Big Data
  • Computing technology
  • Figures
  • Genomic information
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  •  Academic Qualifications:

At Matric and FSC level, the core subjects should be Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Followed by the following courses:

  • B.Sc in Bioinformatics or Biochemistry 
  • B.Tech in Bioinformatics
  • B.Sc (Hons.) in Bioinformatics or Molecular Biology

At the Masters level, you would need to specialize in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Applied Statistics.

  • Work Form:

 Regular business hours. But extra shifts are logged during research work. Occasional traveling to conferences and seminars.

  • Work Place: 

Research computer and bio labs or regular offices.

  • Obstacles: 

Employment supply out-matches job demand as it is evolving and short.

It is also challenging to keep up with the latest technological changes.

High stress and responsibilities are faced while handling big data of information.

What Are The Bioinformaticians Salaries In Pakistan?

The average Bioinformaticians salary in Pakistan is PKR 320,604 per year or PKR 26,717 per month. Entry level positions start at PKR 25,000 per month while most experienced workers make up to PKR 90,000 per month.

You can find Bioinformatics Jobs in Pakistan from

Here is the sector-wise salary in Pakistan, data taken from LUMS Prospectus that is a prestigious university in Pakistan.

  • Health Care (Rs. 100,000 per month)
  • FMCG (Rs. 85,571 per month)
  • Home Appliances (Rs. 75,000 per month)
  • Engineering (Rs. 75,000 per month)
  • Group/Conglomerate (Rs. 71,676 per month)
  • IT/Technology (Rs. 61,676 per month)
  • Textile (Rs. 55,000 per month)
  • Transport (Rs. 55,000 per month)
  • Banking/Financial (Rs. 52,042 per month)
  • Consulting (Rs. 52,042 per month)
  • Manufacturing (Rs. 50,000 per month)
  • Packaging (Rs. 50,000 per month)

What Is The Future Of Bioinformatics Jobs In Pakistan?

When you type the  Bioinformatics’s jobs in Pakistan, you can find many jobs.

What are the Universities in Pakistan Offering Admissions in Bioinformatics?

These are the universities that are offering Bioinformatics in Pakistan.

InstituteCity
1. Al-Khair UniversityBhimber
2. Government College University, FaisalabadFaisalabad
3. University Of AgricultureFaisalabad
4. Comsats Institute Of Information Technology [isb]Islamabad
5. International Islamic UniversityIslamabad
6. Quaid-e-Azam UniversityIslamabad
7. Khushal Khan Khattak UniversityKarak
8. Virtual University Of PakistanLahore
9. Virtual University Of PakistanLahore
10. Hazara UniversityMansehra
11. University Of OkaraOkara
12. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women UniversityPeshawar
13. Khawaja Fareed University Of Engineering &Information TechnologyRahim Yar Khan
14. Comsats Institute Of Information Technology ( Sahiwal Campus )Sahiwal
15. University Of SialkotSialkot
16. Capital University Of Science And TechnologyIslamabad
17. Baqai Medical University/hospitalKarachi
18. Institute Of Business And Technology(main Campus)Karachi
19. Sir Syed University Of Engineering &TechnologyKarachi
20. Forman Christian CollegeLahore

In order to find the department of Bioinformatics in any university, just type Bioinformatics+ university name like

Moreover, you can call them.

What Is The Trend Of Bioinformatics In Pakistan?

Google has created a fantastic tool called Google Trend that shows the searches being done by the people living in the country or city.

I am searching do people search Bioinformatics in Pakistan? If so, which province or city.

Here you can see it all.

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