I have to ask you all the age old question "Should I pursue a Masters degree?"
My situation is as follows: I completed my HBSc specializing in Bioinformatics back in April of 2012 and have been working as a Bioinformatician at an academic institute since August of 2012 (just over 13 months). Currently I have just signed on for another year and am considering furthering my education at the end of this work term (September of 2014), at which point I will have 25 months of relevant work experience under my belt. I am confused as to whether a Masters would help me in advancing within the field of Bioinformatics in terms of job prospects and salary range more than extra years spent working. I am located in Canada, thus the degree would take me two years to complete and it leads me to ask the question, what is more valuable, two years of work experience and a masters degree or four years of work experience? I am really enjoying working, but would not mind putting in another two years of schooling and would like to stick to the field of Bioinformatics.
I would love to get all of your thoughts and opinions on my situation and any help or insight is greatly appreciated.
Thank you all