Computer and Information Research Scientists

General Information

Description

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.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The research and development work of computer and information research scientists turns ideas into industry-leading technology. As demand for new and better technology grows, demand for computer scientists will grow as well. Rapid growth in data collection by businesses will lead to an increased need for data-mining services. Computer scientists will be needed to write algorithms that help businesses make sense of very large amounts of data. With this information, businesses understand their consumers better, making the work of computer and information research scientists increasingly vital. A growing emphasis on cybersecurity also should lead to new jobs, because computer scientists will be needed to find innovative ways to prevent cyberattacks. In addition, an increase in demand for software may increase the need for computer scientists who create new programming languages to make software writing more efficient.

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Salary

Average Salary

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$122,840

State-by-state Salary

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$142,180
$74,730
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 36%
  • Doctoral degree 28%
  • Master's degree 19%
  • Some college 8%
  • Post-doctoral training 4%
  • First professional degree 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • English Language
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