Computer and Information Research Scientists

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Computer Scientist, Computer Specialist, Control System Computer Scientist, HPC Applications Manager (High Performance Computing Applications Manager), Research Scientist, Scientific Programmer Analyst

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Computer and Information Research Scientists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #14 in job growth rate
  • 290

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #3 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (25.1%)
  • Master's degree (34.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (34.5%)
  • Associate's degree (0.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (1.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Maintain computer hardware.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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