Applied Genomics Researcher

Career Overview

Applied genomic researchers explore genetics that apply DNA, DNA sequencing methods, and bioinformatics to sequence, assemble, and analyze the function and structure of genomes. This job is crucial to understand how living things grow, breed and survive.


A master's or doctoral degree in biology or a related field may be required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about 2-3 years to earn after first earning a bachelor's degree (which typically takes 4 years to earn). A doctorate may take an additional 2-3 years after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$44,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$159,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Work Environment

Most genomics researchers work in labs that are either privately or publicly funded. Major institutions such as universities and government sectors employ genomics researchers for purposes of advancing public health and agriculture. Private labs are also a popular place of work. This role is predominantly indoors in a lab setting, however some field work is also required.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada