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The most in-demand jobs in the UK: Bioinformatician

Bioinformaticians apply their combined knowledge of both computer science and biology

We continue writing about some of the key jobs in demand in the UK this year - specific professions that made the country's shortage occupation list in 2023.

The UK government every year provides a detailed list of roles that are in short supply in different areas of the country. Under the new points-based immigration system, most non-UK resident workers must apply for a visa to work in the UK, but these roles have more relaxed eligibility criteria for sponsored work visa applications. If your job is on the list, you can be paid 80% of the job’s typical salary to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa.

One of the most intriguing professions on the list is Bioinformatician. Bioinformaticians apply their combined knowledge of both computer science and biology to manage, process and analyse large sets of genomic and molecular data (like the sequence of molecules in a patient's genes) for clinical and research purposes.

Bioinformaticians' work plays an important role in improving the quality of health services and treatment. These specialists can use mathematical models and simulations to make scientific predictions and solve complex problems in various health-related areas such as research into cancer and infectious diseases. They need to have strong statistical, data management and communication skills.

Bioinformaticians are in demand in all parts of the country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). On average, such specialists in the UK earn between £37,000 and £55,000 a year, depending on their experience.

What do you study to become a Bioinformatician?

Bioinformaticians usually need an undergraduate degree in biostatistics, computer science, and/or biosciences (for example, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology).

Here are some of the best UK Universities to get relevant degrees:

Durham University (BSc (hons) biological sciences)

University of Glasgow (BSc (hons) molecular & cellular biology with biotechnology)

University of St Andrews (BSc (hons) biochemistry)

Imperial College London (BSc (hons) biological sciences)

University College London (BSc (hons) biological sciences)

What are the entry requirements?

The course usually requires a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS and A-Levels from AAA to BBB. Typically, you need to take biology, chemistry and other science subject like psychology, maths, physics, and geography.

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