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Computer and Information Research Scientists

What They Do:

  • 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.
  • Meet with managers, vendors, and others to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.
  • Design computers and the software that runs them.

Source: O*NET (2021)

Sample Job Titles:

  1. Computer Scientist
  2. Computer Specialist
  3. Control System Computer Scientist
  4. Research Scientist
  5. Scientific Programmer Analyst

Source: O*NET (2021)

Outlook in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 870
Projected Annual Growth 0.8%
Average Entry Level Salary $86,500
Median Salary $126,500

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer and Information Research Scientists (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
682
Current Workforce
870

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (15%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Data Science
  • Python
  • Machine Learning
  • SQL
  • Java
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Mining
  • Predictive Models
  • R
  • SAS

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 3,484
Projected Annual Growth 0.7%
Average Entry Level Salary $97,400
Median Salary $143,100

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer and Information Research Scientists (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
4,450
Current Workforce
3,484

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (29%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Data Science
  • Python
  • Machine Learning
  • SQL
  • Data Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Java
  • Big Data
  • Tableau
  • Apache Hadoop

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Richmond, VA MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 225
Projected Annual Growth 1.0%
Average Entry Level Salary $82,200
Median Salary $120,700

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Computer and Information Research Scientists (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
187
Current Workforce
225

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Data Science
  • Python
  • Machine Learning
  • SQL
  • Predictive Models
  • Big Data
  • R
  • Data Mining
  • Apache Hadoop
  • Clustering

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

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