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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.

Many Bioinformaticians have postgraduate qualifications which often include a master’s or a PhD in the following subject areas:

  • 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

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