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Computer and Information Research Scientists - 15-1221.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Specialist
  • Control System Computer Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Programmer Analyst

SOC Occupation Groups

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1200 Computer Occupations
15-1220 Computer and Information Research Scientists
15-1221.00 Computer and Information Research Scientists

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Approve, prepare, monitor, and adjust operational budgets.
  • Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals.
  • Conduct logical analyses of business, scientific, engineering, and other technical problems, formulating mathematical models of problems for solution by computers.
  • Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
  • Design computers and the software that runs them.
  • Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop performance standards, and evaluate work in light of established standards.
  • Direct daily operations of departments, coordinating project activities with other departments.
  • Evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues.
  • 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.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary projects in areas such as virtual reality, human-computer interaction, or robotics.
  • Participate in staffing decisions and direct training of subordinates.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Develop performance metrics or standards related to information technology.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Maintain computer hardware.
  • Manage budgets for appropriate resource allocation.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Participate in staffing decisions.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer Science (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Computer Science and Systems Design (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • CWO - Information Systems Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Cyber RandD Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace Warfare Development Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Data Systems Specialist (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Information Sciences, Systems and Operations (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Professional (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Cyber Warfare Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Systems Automation Acquisition and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Software Engineer