Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
The research and development work of computer and information research scientists turns ideas into industry-leading technology. As demand for new and better technology grows, demand for computer scientists will grow as well.
Rapid growth in data collection by businesses will lead to an increased need for data-mining services. Computer scientists will be needed to write algorithms that help businesses make sense of very large amounts of data. With this information, businesses understand their consumers better, making the work of computer and information research scientists increasingly vital.
A growing emphasis on cybersecurity also should lead to new jobs, because computer scientists will be needed to find innovative ways to prevent cyberattacks.
In addition, an increase in demand for software may increase the need for computer scientists who create new programming languages to make software writing more efficient.
Computer and information research scientists are likely to have excellent job prospects. There are a limited number of Ph.D. graduates each year. As a result, many companies report difficulties finding these highly skilled workers. Later in the decade, prospects will be even better, as older computer and information research scientists retire.
For applicants seeking employment in a specialized field, such as finance or biology, knowledge of that field, along with a computer science degree, may be helpful in getting a job.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Computer and information research scientists
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program