Computer and Information Research Scientists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+15.4% (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, Computer Specialist, Control System Computer Scientist, Research 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.

Food Systems Lead ,

X, the moonshot factory

I make myself a cup of rooibos tea at 6am and spend a few hours working through deep thinking work, reading and reviewing everything from the news and scientific papers to engineering documents from my colleagues. The bulk of my day afterwards, I’m either meeting with people in person or virtually, moving our work along, or when it gets really fun, I’m in the field digging through someone else’s trash to learn more about how we can prevent it!

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Meet with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Design computers and the software that runs them.

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