What do Computer and Information Research Scientists do?
Computer and information research scientists find new approaches to computing technology as well as studying and solving complex problems in computing for business, science, and other fields.
They create and improve computer hardware and software. They work at a more theoretical level than other computer professionals. Some computer and information research scientists specialize in computer languages as well as other specialities.
How to become a Computer and Information Research Scientist
Computer and information research scientists typically require a PhD in computer science or related field, with the exception of the federal government which may accept a bachelor's degree. A PhD normally takes 4-5 years of further study after earning the bachelor's degree in a related field like information systems or computer science.
When a person accomplishes their degree, they choose the area they want to specialize in and finish out the program doing research in that speciality. One usually requires knowledge of their field of specialty. For instance, in biomedical applications a student may need to take biology classes. Several computer and information research scientists become secondary teachers and some may work with electrical engineers or computer hardware engineers. Other specialties in this career include data mining, robotics, and programming.
Job Description of a Computer and Information Research Scientist
Computer and information research scientists have the duties of researching fundamental issues in computing and develop theories and models to address them. They help solve complex computer problems and some create programs to control robots. They have the task of inventing new computing tools, languages, and methods to help people work with computers in a more efficient way.
He or she develops and improves software systems and design experiments to test their operation. They analyze experimental results and publish their findings in academic journals. They may also present the findings of their experiments at a conference.
The work of computer and information research scientists may advance many types of technology like cloud computing and machine learning systems. He or she should have analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills, as well as be detail oriented, logical thinking, and have ingenuity. Math skills would also be needed.