Computer and Information Research Scientists


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+19.2% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's Degree


What Computer and Information Research Scientists 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.

Other Job Titles Computer and Information Research Scientists May Have

Computer Scientist, Control System Computer Scientist, Scientific Programmer Analyst

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Postdoctoral Associate ,

MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

At MIT, I develop mathematical and computer models to simulate the mechanical response of human tissues. About 60% of my day is spent utilizing coding to study the effects of trauma on human tissues. With PATRONNÈ, I run a lifestyle and advice magazine and a community for professional women. I work with women to share their experiences and help support each other through classes.

Senior Director, Data Science ,


I oversee the data science team that provides Customer Intelligence, Business Data Analytics and Business Intelligence to the entire organization. We combine our vast and unique data with advanced analytical methods and tools. The Data Science team makes sense of our data world through meaningful and actionable insights, identifying trends, delivering reports, informing product and infrastructure advancements, and promoting a culture of data-driven decision making.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.
  • Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.
  • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.

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