Career as a Computer and Information Research Scientist


Summary

Computer & Information Research Scientist invent and design new technology and find new uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other uses. Most work for computer systems design and related services firms, scientific research and development companies, or the federal government.

Information Research Scientists create and improve computer algorithms, which are sets of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Information research scientists try to simplify these instructions to make the computer system as efficient as possible. Work of computer and information research scientists often leads to technological advancements and efficiencies, such as better networking technology, faster computing speeds, and improved information security. In general, computer and information research scientists work on a more theoretical level than do other computer professionals.

Their duties involve exploring fundamental issues in computation and developing theories and models to address those issues, inventing new computing languages, tools, and methods to improve the way in which people work with computer. They develop and improve the software systems that form the basis of the modern computing experience, design experiments to test the operation of these software systems. They also publish their findings in academic journals.

Work Environment

Most Information Research Scientists work for computer systems design and related services firms, scientific research and development companies, or the federal government. Some also work for software companies. Most work full time, and those who does independent research may have flexibility in their work schedules. Those working on independent research may have flexible work schedules.

Entry Level Education

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD in Computer or Software Engineering, Information Technology.

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