Computer scientists are highly educated researchers who develop the newest technology and innovate the next big thing. Computer Sciences is a very lucrative field for those who want to go through many levels of education and want to devote themselves to researching and bring the latest and greatest to consumers. Computer Scientists take programming one step further and develop new programming languages and algorithms. Salary:  Computer Scientists typically make between $57,220 and $151,900 annually. Average Starting Salary: Starting salary for computer scientists is typically between

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research issues in computing
  • Develop theories to demonstrate their research
  • Develop new programming languages
  • Improve end-users’ computing experience
  • Work with scientists and engineers to solve problems
  • Create and improve software solutions
  • Create and execute experiments
  • Analyze results of their experiments
  • Publish discoveries in academic publications
  • Develop algorithms for computers
  • Develop robotics systems
  • Invent new ways for people to interact with technology

Necessary Skills:

  • Advanced math skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Logical
  • Research  skills
  • Ingenuity
  • Programming Skills
  • Engineering

Degree and Experience Requirements:
Computer Scientists require a lot of formal education and many times need a Phd in Computer Science. Typically to get started, one would need a Bachelors and Masters in a computer field such as computer science, information science or electric engineering. They would then move on to their PhD where they choose a specific aspect of Computer Science to research. Computer Scientists often work in specialized fields such as other sciences ands may require some level of education in that field as well. Unlike many other computer-related fields, there is little on the job training which is logical since Computer Scientists typically have a Phd.

Getting Started:
In addition to completing a Phd. it is a great idea to intern or find a fellowship with professional computer scientists to gain real world experience outside of the classroom. It may also be possible to secure a research assistant position thorough one’s educational institution to gain experience by helping faculty members with their research.

Future Outlook: 
The outlook for computer scientists is about the average of any profession. However, computers are becoming so prevalent in all fields, there are going to many new opportunities for high level computer researchers and developers for anything from medicine to robotics. Also, the rise of search on the web provides a greater need for computer scientists who can develop the advanced algorithms used behind the scenes of search engines.

Companies That Employ Programmers:

  • Universities
  • Government Agencies/Organizations
  • Scientific Organizations
  • Research Organizations
  • Hardware manufacturing companies

Traits of A Good Computer Programmer:

  • Logical
  • Analytical
  • Programming
  • Problem Solver
  • Detail oriented
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Advanced Math skill

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MikeMike Gdovin has been blogging about technology since 2006 on his blog, He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Media from Kutztown University with a minor in Journalism, Public Relations and Business. In addition to blogging about technology, Mike is a video producer, technology consultant and social media expert.   FBTwittergoogle_plus_logo