This may be a topics about career plan. What about be a dual benchworker and bioinformatician at the same time?
I've been analyzing NGS data (mostly genomic data) for a year and half, either exome or whole-genome sequencing data for disease samples in order to find potential pathogenic variants. I came up with several candidate genes, and would like to do some genetic screening myself, which means go back to benchwork.
I think it's interesting to try some simple experiment say PCR, or variants validation. And I'm also recently enthusiastic about sequencing technology itself, for example, target resequencing. My interest lies in genomics, and it'll be terrific that I can be familiar with sequencing technology (say, construct library for sequencing by myself) and consequently analyze the data using computational tools, which will facilitate my understanding on genome biology as well as bioinformatics. And on top of genomics, biology knowledge on certain diseases (say those neurological disorder) is also strongly needed to guide our genomics/bioinformatics pipeline, after all, our purpose is to find therapeutics for diseases.
Of course it'll require hardwork and strong commitment, but in order to pursue a faculty position or build up career in academia, it's beneficial to do so? (Just look at those faculites, they need to constantly learn lots of new stuff to keep up, so in my eyes, our field is more like a truly interdisciplinary world requiring various skills ) But one's energy is limited, does dual work mean one may know both sides in an average level but cannot be truly professional/expert in either one? Will dual work give me an advantage or improve one's competitiveness in job market?
=================================================== Back to this question, I would say, it's quite hard. I wouldn't recommend people to work both unless you aim for becoming faculty. Personally I'm not good at handling multiple stuff simultaneously. I could only focus on data or bench.