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What is a Bioinformatician

Bioinformaticians break down and analyse biological data to better understand human health and our environment. You could be working in any number of industries, from developing a life-saving drug in the medical field to providing a charity with the data required to create a larger positive impact.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Developing efficient data-gathering methods and processes.
  • Using computer software and algorithms to analyse biological data such as our genetic coding.
  • Communicating scientific findings to governments, businesses and charities to influence policy and decision-making.

Getting in and Qualifications


Bioinformaticians are typically very highly qualified, although there are multiple avenues to reaching the required level of education.

Useful subjects:

  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


Many Bioinformaticians have postgraduate qualifications undertaken after a degree, often choosing a master’s qualification or going on to complete a PhD. Another option is an integrated masters' course which provides both a degree and a masters qualification from the same university. These courses typically take around five years from beginning to graduation.

Biology degrees are competitive and typically require National 5 qualifications and a minimum of four Highers graded at BBBB or above. Relevant degree subjects for Bioinformaticians include:

  • Human Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science

Membership of an industry organisation can be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.

Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine