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Computer Scientist
Job tasks and occupational titles used to describe these workers evolve rapidly and continually, reflecting new areas of specialization or changes in technology.
The Job
Computer scientists work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. Their jobs are distinguished by the higher level of theoretical expertise and innovation they apply to complex problems and the creation or application of new technology.
Work Environment
Computer scientists and database administrators normally work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They typically work about 40 hours a week.
College Majors
Ph.D. degree
Minimum Qualifications
Employers look for professionals with an ever-broader background and range of skills, including technical knowledge and also communication and other interpersonal skills.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Because technology is so closely connected to the functioning of businesses, many workers in these occupations come from elsewhere in the business or industry to become computer specialists.
Quick Facts
  • Education requirements range from an associate degree to a doctoral degree.
  • Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to expand their use of technology.
  • Workers must be able to learn new technologies quickly for these constantly evolving occupations.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of computer and information scientists were $97,970 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $75,340 and $124,370. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $151,250. Median annual wages of computer and information scientists employed in computer systems design and related services in May 2008 were $99,900.
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