Computer scientists develop and maintain computer-based tools to facilitate and improve their organization's functioning. They may work with a variety of teams and individuals in their company; for example, a computer scientist may design a database to track inventory for a company or develop an algorithm to predict customer trends to help guide production and development. Good communication skills are valuable to a computer scientist so they can understand what their colleagues need. Strong attention to detail is necessary to ensure that software is not only effective, but also user-friendly (including for users who may not be technically adept).
A computer scientist must have a number of technical skills to develop and analyze algorithms and software for their company. These include a strong programming background, as well as extensive experience with math and data analysis. Knowledge of programming languages is a plus for computer scientists, including with XML, SQL, C++, C#, Python, Java, and others.
Most computer science positions require a bachelor's degree or higher in computer science, information management, or a related subject. Project management skills are highly desired for computer scientists, as the development of most tools follows the project management cycle; this includes designing the tools, delegating tasks to be completed by junior members, maintaining deadlines, testing tools, and implementing tools.
Computer Scientist Tasks
Plan, coordinate and execute research objectives.
Perform research support on problems of diverse scope and execute research projects.
Generate research ideas and solutions to complex computer science problems.
Writes articles for publication.