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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.0%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Texas at Austin17.9%
University of Phoenix7.5%
University of Southern California5.7%
George Washington University5.2%
University of Arizona5.2%
California State University - Long Beach4.7%
University of California - Berkeley4.7%
University of Alabama at Huntsville4.2%
University of California - Irvine4.2%
University of Florida3.8%
Arizona State University3.8%
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona3.8%
University of California - Los Angeles3.8%
University of Cincinnati3.8%
North Carolina State University3.3%
California State University - Los Angeles3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Application Development Engineer Scientist||Keysight Technologies, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$132,000|
|Research Engineer/Scientist||Ipsoft Incorporated||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2016||$130,709 -
|Research Engineer/Scientist||Ipsoft Incorporated||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2015||$120,420 -
|Engineer/Scientist IV||Honeywell International Inc.||Golden Valley, MN||Sep 15, 2016||$114,891|
|Aromatics Engineer/Scientist Lead R&D 1||UOP LLC||Des Plaines, IL||Jun 07, 2016||$114,100 -
|Application Development Engineer/Scientist||Keysight Technologies, Inc.||Santa Rosa, CA||Feb 01, 2015||$111,846|
|Advisory Engineer/Scientist||IBM Corporation||Hopewell Junction, NY||Feb 15, 2015||$105,435 -
|Principal Engineer/Scientist||Rogers Corporation||Chandler, AZ||Sep 02, 2015||$105,061|
|Advisory Engineer/Scientist||IBM Corporation||Hopewell Junction, NY||Jun 30, 2015||$103,112|
|Scientist, Engineering Science||Sabic Americas Inc.||Sugar Land, TX||Aug 09, 2016||$103,000|
|Scientist/Engineer||The Procter and Gamble Company||Cincinnati, OH||Jan 20, 2015||$102,000 -
|Engineer/Scientist SR R&D 1||Honeywell International Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Jan 12, 2015||$101,950|
|Scientist, Engineering Sciences||Sabic Americas Inc.||Sugar Land, TX||Jan 08, 2016||$101,005|
|Robotics Engineer/Scientist||Berkshire Grey, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Aug 24, 2015||$100,000|
|Robotics Engineer/Scientist||Berkshire Grey, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jan 02, 2016||$89,011 -
|Robotics Engineer/Scientist||Berkshire Grey, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$88,712 -
|Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III||The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||Jun 14, 2015||$88,434|
|Advisory Engineer/Scientist||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Aug 01, 2015||$88,005 -
|R and D Scientist/Engineer 2 (Nuclear-Computational SCI)||Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC||Idaho Falls, ID||Feb 15, 2016||$87,000|
|Research Engineer/Scientist||Parker Hannifin Corporation||Modesto, CA||Sep 06, 2016||$86,944|
|Research Engineer/Scientist||Trimble Navigation Limited||Westminster, CO||Aug 11, 2015||$86,529 -
|Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III||The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||Mar 01, 2015||$76,220|
|Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III||The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||Jun 01, 2015||$76,220|
|Scientist-Engineer 1||Battelle Memorial Institute||Seattle, WA||Jan 10, 2016||$76,000|
|Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III||The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||Nov 15, 2015||$75,000|
|Rsch and DEV Scientist Engr 1||The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University||Stanford, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$75,000|
|Engineer Scientist III-Power System Studies||Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.||Knoxville, TN||Jun 15, 2015||$74,838 -
|Research Engineer/Scientist Associate II||University of Texas at Dallas||Richardson, TX||Jun 01, 2016||$74,838|
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