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Computer Scientist / Researcher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Conducts research and studies complex problems in computing. Develops computer algorithms that provide the foundation for advances in technology. May study computer hardware architecture, robotics or software, and collaborate with electrical engineers and other computer professionals.

Job Outlook

There were 236 Computer Scientist / Researcher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9131 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Computer Scientist industry, which includes the Computer Scientist / Researcher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Computer Scientist / Researcher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $93,687.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $93,918.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Computer Scientist / Researcher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $73,708.

Education and Experience

Posted Computer Scientist / Researcher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree32%
Master's Degree48%
Doctoral Degree20%
Other0%

Posted Computer Scientist / Researcher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years25%
3 to 5 years43%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Computer Scientist / Researcher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (71%)
  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (33%)
  • Problem Solving (19%)
  • Writing (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Python (37%)
  • Machine Learning (28%)
  • C++ (22%)
  • Data Science (15%)
  • Deep Learning (10%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Software Development (18%)
  • Experiments (18%)
  • Artificial Intelligence (15%)
  • Java (15%)
  • Software Engineering (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Computer Engineering (7%)
  • High-Performance Computing (6%)
  • Bioinformatics (5%)
  • Natural Language Processing (5%)
  • Graphics Processing Units (GPU) (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Computer Scientist / Researcher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Computer Scientist
  • Staff Scientist
  • Research Engineer
  • Staff Data Scientist
  • Computer Scientist - Disability Career Invitational

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Computer Scientist / Researcher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Wells Fargo (414)
  • National Security Agency (395)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (216)
  • Facebook (204)
  • Southwest Research Institute (143)

North Carolina

  • Wells Fargo (67)
  • IBM (13)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (11)
  • University of North Carolina (7)
  • Teledyne Technologies (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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