I'm looking to get some thoughts on what it would take for me to switch fields. I have been away from science for 6-7 years and am considering going back to school for Bioinformatics. I have a Ph.D. in Genetics and limited programming experience (some online courses in Java, a couple basic CS courses years ago in undergrad). My question is, what would I need in order to get hired for a bioinformatics job? My options are: 1) Master's Degree in Bioinformatics from a local University (North Carolina State University) 2) Online Master's Degree (Johns Hopkins, NYU, Brandeis, etc) 3) Cousera Specialization (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/bioinformatics?utm_medium=courseDescripTop, https://www.coursera.org/specializations/genomic-data-science, https://www.coursera.org/specializations/systems-biology)
Of course, a Master's Degree would be ideal but they are pricey and a full-time program would be difficult for my family (I have 2 young kids) as for 2 years I would not be bringing in any income and would be paying tuition. I could potentially work part time at least if I did an online Master's but I'm not sure if they hold the same amount of weight? The Coursera Specialization would be the easiest from a logistics perspective but I don't know if it would hold enough weight when applying for jobs to be worth the time investment. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance for any advice!!