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Computer and Information Research Scientists

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Maintain network hardware and software, direct network security measures, and monitor networks to ensure availability to system users.
    • 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.
    • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
    • Direct daily operations of departments, coordinating project activities with other departments.
    • Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
    • Develop performance standards, and evaluate work in light of established standards.
    • Participate in staffing decisions and direct training of subordinates.
    • Approve, prepare, monitor, and adjust operational budgets.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mathematics

      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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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 110780/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 53.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Pick or place robots
    • Multimedia projectors
    • High end computer servers
    • Computer servers
    • Camera based vision systems for automated data collection

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base management system software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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