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Most jobs for computer and information research scientists require a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field. In the federal government, a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some jobs.Education
Most computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field, such as computer engineering. A Ph.D. usually requires 4 to 5 years of study after earning a bachelor’s degree, typically in a computer-related field, such as computer science or information systems. During their first 2 years in a Ph.D. program, students take a variety of computer science classes. They then choose a specialty and spend the remaining years in the program doing research within that specialty.
Computer scientists who work in a specialized field may need knowledge of that field. For example, those working on biomedical applications may have to take some biology classes.Advancement
Some computer scientists may become computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Computer and information research scientists must be organized in their thinking and analyze the results of their research to formulate conclusions.
Communication skills. Computer and information research scientists must communicate well with programmers and managers and be able to clearly explain their conclusions to people with no technical background. They often present their research at conferences.
Critical-thinking skills. Computer and information research scientists work on many complex problems.
Detail oriented. Computer and information research scientists must pay close attention to their work, because a small programming error can cause an entire project to fail.
Ingenuity. Computer and information research scientists must continually come up with innovative ways to solve problems, particularly when their ideas do not initially work as intended.
Logical thinking. Computer algorithms rely on logic. Computer and information research scientists must have a talent for reasoning.
Math skills. Computer and information research scientists must have knowledge of advanced math and other technical topics that are critical in computing.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Data Scientist||JD.Com American Technologies Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 17, 2016||$250,000 -
|Chief Data Scientist||Tibco Software, Inc.||Chapel Hill, NC||May 01, 2015||$237,600|
|Data Scientist||Baidu USA LLC||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$205,000|
|Chief Data Scientist||Noodle Education, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 30, 2016||$205,000|
|Principal Data Scientist||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$200,000|
|Vice President, Aperio Data Scientist-Modeling||Point72 Asset Management LP||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$200,000|
|Principal Data Scientist||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 22, 2015||$200,000|
|Data Scientist 3||EBAY, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Nov 30, 2015||$195,000|
|Data Scientist||Tastemade Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$195,000|
|Director, Data Scientist||KPMG LLP||Knoxville, TN||Oct 31, 2016||$192,000|
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