What does a Computer Scientist do?

Computer scientists use applications of technology to solve problems. They write programs including computer software, they develop websites, and they create applications for mobile devices. As experts in computer hardware and software systems, they have a mastery of various programming skills and languages. They often find innovative use for existing technologies and study complex issues and problems within computing to find appropriate solutions in business, science, medicine, and other technologically mandated fields.

Computer scientists are responsible for the validation and development of mathematical models that foster a computer’s interaction between a computer and a human user. Computer scientists operate computer programs and improve upon the actual processes and performance of the computers themselves. Computer scientists also research and focus on data structure, algorithms, information and database theory, as well as programming, language theory, and computer vision, and have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, math, or related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
18%
2 - 4
23%
5 - 7
3%
8+
56%

Common Skill Sets

Computer Design
Systems Programming
Statistics
UNIX Linux
Calculus
Algorithms
Responses
Technical Leadership

Computer Scientist Seniority Levels

Software Engineer
22% made the transition
Software Developer
24% made the transition
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Computer Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$106,019 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$66K
Median: $106K
$170K
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