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Computer and Information Research Scientist


What Computer and Information Research Scientists Do

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields.


Work Environment
Most computer and information research scientists work full time. About 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016.


How to Become a Computer and Information Research Scientist
Most jobs for computer and information research scientists require a master’s degree in computer science or a related field. In the federal government, a bachelor’s degree may be sufficient for some jobs.


Pay
The median annual wage for computer and information research scientists was $114,520 in May 2017.


Job Outlook
Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 19 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Computer scientists are likely to enjoy excellent job prospects, because many companies report difficulties finding these highly skilled workers.


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