Computer Scientist

Computer Scientist
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Computer scientists work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. They use innovation to solve complex problems and create or apply new technology. The areas of computer science research range from complex theory to hardware design to programming-language design. Some researchers work on projects such as developing and advancing uses of virtual reality, extending human-computer interaction, or designing robots.

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Most computer scientist positions require a Ph.D. degree as their main job function is research. Computer scientists having only a bachelor’s or master’s degree are generally limited in their ability to advance.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I, II, III Linear Algebra Ordinary Differential Equations Theory of Analysis Abstract Algebra Graph Theory Numerical Methods Combinatorics

When Math Is Used: 

Computer scientists use mathematics as they span a range of topics from theoretical studies of algorithms, which are a series of steps understood by someone or something in order to complete a task in a given number of steps, and the computation of implementing computing systems in hardware and software.

Potential Employers: 

Many computer scientists are employed by Internet service providers; Web search portals; and data processing, hosting, and related services firms. Others work for government, manufacturers of computer and electronic products, insurance companies, financial institutions, and universities. A growing number of computer specialists are employed on a temporary or contract basis; many of these individuals are self-employed, working independently as contractors or consultants.


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