The vast dynamicity of the field of information makes different bodies of knowledge to interact and connect with each other in such a way that different disciplines somehow overlap and it could be quite confusing for someone to choose their career among them.
One of these many overlaps can be seen in the field of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Although both degrees seem to be very similar, it is actually quite different with regards to a number of aspects such as the topics they cover and their respective career direction and opportunities.
Bioinformatics is a relatively new field of study where the computing and technical engineering sciences are used to explore, understand and create innovations related to the life sciences. The vast array of biological information available has created the increasing demand for professionals who can understand these data and utilize them using mathematics, science and engineering. The combination of these technical skills and knowledge makes the bioinformatics graduate holistically trained for the highly active and brisk industries such as the pharmaceuticals and the biotechnologies.
The field of Biostatistics is a novel area of study in its own rights. A degree in this science gives the graduate the superior knowledge regarding data analysis and interpretation. Without these professionals, results from scientific studies, researches and clinical trials would be incomprehensible. Biostatistics can be a career in itself or it can serve as a solid foundation in continuing studies in different areas of research, giving the biostatisticians a wide array of opportunities.
However, although a biostatistician has the chance to partake in numerous researches in various fields, they often have difficulties in having first authorship publications. Oftentimes, their services would be employed by the lead researchers to do the statistical work for the study and would just be included as one of the co-authors. Unlike if you are a bioinformatician with the right amount of knowledge in science, engineering and mathematics, you can readily publish your own studies. The career demands for biostatisticians are however arguably higher and they can land a stable job fairly easy, both in the research and in the academe field.
Bioinformatics and Biostatistics degrees are both highly regarded in the research and academe field. Although they might have seemingly competing markets and opportunities, they are both important bodies of knowledge in the industry.
Sources: www.bioplanet.com, medschool.vanderbilt.edu