Computer and Information Research Scientist
Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. These analyzers and innovators study and solve complex computing problems in science, medicine, and other fields, and tend to work at a more theoretical level than other computer professionals. They don’t spend much time on a computer designing apps or typing code, but rather spend years with pen and paper studying discrete mathematics, computation theory, algorithms and data structures. A passion for science and mathematics is essential, as well as an analytical mind and problem-solving ability.
By expanding the amount of knowledge available to computer science, computer and information research scientists help spur leaps in technological advancements in machine learning systems, cloud computing, networking technology, and faster computing speeds. Some computer scientists work with electrical and computer hardware engineers on multidisciplinary projects in specialties like data science, robotics, or programming, writing algorithms and creating programs that make aspects of these fields more efficient.
A computer and information research scientist usually holds a PhD in computer science, but a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some jobs in the federal government. Employment for these highly skilled workers is projected to grow 16% by 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.