Expand mobile version menu

Computer and Information Research Scientist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Conducts research into fundamental computer and information science as theorist, designer or inventor. Solves or develops solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Analyzes problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Assigns or schedules tasks to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Evaluates project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.
  • Applies theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.
  • Consults with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
  • Meets with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Conducts logical analyses of business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problems, formulating mathematical models of problems for solution by computers.
  • Develops and interprets organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Participates in staffing decisions and directs training of subordinates.
  • Develops performance standards, and evaluates work in light of established standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Applications Engineer -- Coordinates the planning, design, and installation of machinery and equipment in an work environment, using knowledge of engineering and programming as well as sophisticated instruments and computers.
  • Artificial Intelligence Specialist -- Applies artificial intelligence techniques and other advanced computing skills to solve business problems using neural networks, data mining, encryption, expert systems, text generation and natural language, and sophisticated Web applications.
  • Bioinformatics Software Engineer --
  • Computational Theory Scientist --