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Computer and information research scientists are responsible for overseeing research efforts and completing information and computer-related reports on behalf of their organizations. They also help complete investigative tasks and process data to gather new information, so organization and close attention to detail are important in this position.

These research scientists generally use a personal computer to research concepts, apply them to computational models, and reach conclusions; they also create complex charts and write extensive reports based on their observations. They often work with other scientists by sharing information to complete large-scale projects in a timely manner, and may use a variety of research methods to find high-quality data based on established project parameters.

Computer/information research scientists must be familiar with various programming and scripting languages to create functional queries and be proficient with databases to research and categorize information. As part of their research duties, they also document software customization and report issues with software applications, as well as analyze and solve program errors with high efficiency and care. They must be able to multitask on a variety of projects and report their progress to the information manager in their department. They also help design innovative solutions which save costs, research new technologies to be implemented, and complete research administrative work in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines.

A bachelor's degree in a field relating to computer science is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a research capacity is highly beneficial. Information, research, and technology certifications are also helpful.
Computer and Information Scientist, Research Tasks
  • Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors.
  • Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

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