Bioinformatics is the branch of science concerned with the amalgamation of Biology, IT and Computer Science to form a single subject. This field allows Scientists to make new biological discoveries, as well as creating a unified platform from which principles in biology can be derived.

Bioinformatics combines these subjects in order to solve complex biological problems, usually at the molecular and genomic levels. The need for Bioinformatics has come from the masses of genomic information that has become widely available since the Human Genome Project.

There are several application areas for Bioinformatics, including:

  • Sequence Analysis
  • Protein Structure Prediction
  • Genome Annotation
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Drug Discovery
  • Analysis of Gene/Protein Expression
  • Analysis of Mutations in Cancer

Typical employers of Bioinformatics professionals include Research Institutes and Pharmaceutical Companies. Typical jobs include:

  • Head of Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics Manager
  • Biostatistician
  • Computational Biologist
  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Database Developer
  • Bioinformatician
  • Statistical Programmer
  • Genomics Manager

What is bioinformatics used for?

Bioinformatics is a wide-ranging discipline that has helped us to solve a variety of biological problems. A huge amount of biological information has been recorded in recent decades, and the job of a bioinformatician is to organise and interpret that data.

Bioinformatics can be used to identify genes, study protein sequences, and understand diseases, among countless other applications. The Human Genome Project (HGP), launched in 1990 and declared complete in 2003, is a famous example of a large-scale project that made use of bioinformatics.

How much do bioinformaticians make?

The average salary for a bioinformatician in the UK is approximately £33,000 per year (according to

How much money you make in bioinformatics will depend on a number of factors, including your qualifications, your level of experience, and your chosen sector. For instance, you may be able to earn more working for a private company than in academia.

What degree do you need for a career in bioinformatics?

It depends on your employer, but at minimum, you will probably need a master’s degree in one of the following fields (or similar):
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer science
  • Computer engineering
  • Computational biology
Many employers prefer to hire candidates who hold a PhD in one of the above disciplines.

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