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Computer & Information Research Scientists

Also called: Computer Scientist, Computer Specialist, HPC Applications Manager (High Performance Computing Applications Manager), Research Scientist

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What they do:
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
On the job, you would:
  • Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.
  • Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • C Hot Technology
  • Eclipse IDE Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Data base management system software
  • NoSQL Hot Technology
  • Teradata Database Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$118,370
$69,230
$183,820
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