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Computer Science Overview - Preparation - Specialty Areas - Day In The Life - Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional OrganizationsProfiles of Computer Scientists - PowerPoint - Podcast

The widespread and increasing use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained, innovative workers with extensive theoretical expertise.

These workers, called computer scientists, are the designers, creators, and inventors of new technology. By creating new technology, or finding alternative uses for existing resources, they solve complex business, scientific, and general computing problems. Some computer scientists work on multidisciplinary projects, collaborating with electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other specialists.

Computer scientists conduct research on a wide array of topics. Examples include computer hardware architecture, virtual reality, and robotics.

Scientists who research hardware architecture discover new ways for computers to process and transmit information. They design computer chips and processors, using new materials and techniques to make them work faster and give them more computing power. When working with virtual reality, scientists use technology to create life-like situations. For example, scientists may invent video games that make users feel like they are actually in the game.

Computer scientists working with robotics try to create machines that can perform tasks on their own -- without people controlling them. Robots perform many tasks, such as sweeping floors in peoples’ homes, assembling cars on factory production lines, and “auto-piloting” airplanes.

Computer science researchers employed by academic institutions have job functions that are similar in many ways to those employed by other organizations. In general, researchers in academic settings have more flexibility to focus on pure theory, while those working in business or scientific organizations, covered here, usually focus on projects that have the possibility of producing patents and profits. Some researchers in non-academic settings, however, have considerable latitude in determining the direction of their research.

Computer Science Resources


Profiles of Computer Scientists:
Interviews of Professionals
Overview of Computer Science
Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs
Specialty Areas:
Special Areas of Study
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Overview of Computer Science
Internet Resources:
Association for Computing Machinery

Association for Women in Computing
Computer Science Teachers Association
IEEE Computer Society

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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