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Computer and Information Research Scientist

What They Do

Computer and Information Research Scientists Career Video

About This Career

Conducts research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develops solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Analyzes problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Applies theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.
  • Assigns or schedules tasks to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Meets with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Designs computers and the software that runs them.
  • Conducts logical analyses of business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problems, formulating mathematical models of problems for solution by computers.
  • Evaluates project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary projects in areas such as virtual reality, human-computer interaction, or robotics.
  • Consults with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
  • Develops and interprets organizational goals, policies, and procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Control System Computer Scientist
  • Scientific Programmer Analyst
  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Specialist
  • Research Scientist


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