What bothers me with the common usage of the word "bioinformatics" is
that it seems to cover *any* use of informatics in biology.
Unfortunatly this is far from the truth. For example, I work in
computer simulation of biochemical dynamics which is not considered
"bioinformatics". If I was to apply to bioinformatics job I would
most certainly be turned down since I have little knowledge of what to
do with a string of letters... (even though I could be of use in
designing a user-interface).
There is a lot more to the usage of computers in biological sciences
than what is covered by the term "bioinformatics".
On the subject of availability of bioinformatics jobs in the industry
I would say they are on the increase. Adverts for bioinformatics jobs
are frequent in Nature. I wish I could say the same for jobs in
"simulation of biochemical dynamics" (whatever one would call those
who practice it!)
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Author of GEPASI, a biochemical kinetics simulator | European Union