Computer and information research scientist

Also called: Artificial Intelligence Specialist (AI Specialist), Computational Linguist, Computational Theory Scientist, Computer Scientist, Computer Specialist

Computer and information research scientist


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A Computer and Information research scientist conducts research into the fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

  • Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software.
  • Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses.
  • Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Meet with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Design computers and the software that runs them.
  • Conduct logical analyses of business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problems, formulating mathematical models of problems for solution by computers.
  • Evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary projects in areas such as virtual reality, human-computer interaction, or robotics.
  • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
  • Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop performance standards, and evaluate work in light of established standards.
  • Maintain network hardware and software, direct network security measures, and monitor networks to ensure availability to system users.
  • Direct daily operations of departments, coordinating project activities with other departments.
  • Participate in staffing decisions and direct training of subordinates.
  • Approve, prepare, monitor, and adjust operational budgets.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 94% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 70% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 54% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Contact With Others — 63% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 51% responded "Extremely important".
  • Telephone — 64% responded "Every day".
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Work Activities
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
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Computers and Electronics
  • Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Complex Problem Solving
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Systems Analysis
  • Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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Deductive Reasoning
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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You might use software like this on the job:

Data mining software
  • Google Analytics Hot Technology
  • Data mining software
Development environment software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Hot Technology
  • National Instruments LabVIEW Hot Technology
  • Integrated development environment IDE software Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Azure Hot Technology
  • Ruby Hot Technology
  • Apache Kafka Hot Technology
  • Eclipse IDE Hot Technology
  • Software libraries
  • IBM Rational Rose
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Source code management SCM software
  • Verilog
  • High-performance software libraries
  • Sun Microsystems Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition J2EE
  • Prolog
  • Automated document generation software
  • Microsoft Visual Studio.NET
  • Ada
  • Doxygen
  • Embarcadero JBuilder
  • C
  • List processing language LISP
  • Intel Integrated Performance Primitives
Business intelligence and data analysis software
  • MicroStrategy Hot Technology
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu Hot Technology
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Hot Technology
  • Tableau Hot Technology
  • Qlik Tech QlikView Hot Technology
  • Apache Spark Hot Technology
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