“Interest in Teen” Feature by Luna Brown

Career Highlight “Computer and Information Research Scientists”

computer science

I chose the career of Computer and Information Research Scientist because it matched all of my work values, skills, and interests. I would like to develop solutions to fix electronic problems. Creating and applying new technology sounds interesting because I like to create apps. I see that setting goals is a task these scientists do and I find that easy. The workplace environment is comfortable and “Workplace” was one of my top values.

According to My Career Shines at https://mycareershines.kuder.com:

Overview of Computer and Information Research Scientists:

  • Look at computer hardware and software for problems and develop solutions to fix them.
  • Create and apply new technology.
  • Create mathematical models of problems so that the solution can be done by computer.
  • Evaluate program plans and proposals to determine if they will work.
  • Be able to recognize which tasks are priorities and set goals.
Quick Facts
National Annual Salary Range $66,030 to $165,600
Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Number of Jobs in 2012 26,700
Expected Job Openings (2012-2022) 4,100
National Outlook increase (2012-2022) 15.4%

The skills required for this career:

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Requirements, Certificates, and Training :

Suggested College and Postsecondary Majors for this Career

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Professions and Related Programs

Suggested Instructional Programs

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Technology
  • Informatics
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical Informatics

You need a associates degree to get this job. Most of the Computer and Information Research Scientists have a doctorate, but it is not needed.

Special Equipment or Technology:

sheldon computer

Computer equipment is needed to do this job. Computer Equipment is always getting up dated.  So, you will need to keep getting more up to date versions of computer hardware and software.

Average Median Salary in Florida:

The average median salary with this job is $108,360.

Career Outlook:

There is a demand for this career because there will still be computers in the future. And Computer and Information Research Scientists will still be needed to help them.  The expected job openings in the future is 4,100.

Typical Day Description:

computer science teacher

The people in this career sit for long hours at computers. The workplace is meant to be comfortable. Sometimes people get injuries such as eye strain, hand and wrist problems, and back discomfort. A typical day can include researching in a university or a big company.  Some people also teach at a university.

Personal Reflection

The job “Computer and Information Research Scientist” is important for our future. Without them computers would be useless. I found out that this job would be easy and good for me. The reason is that all the things they get to do I find easy and enjoyable. I like computers and I want to become a scientist. I did not know that there was a job that combined the two. I am glad I got a My Career Shines account, so I found the job of “Computer and Information Research Scientist”.


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