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Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Main Topic: Human Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society

Overview: Computer and information research scientists study and solve problems in computing in a variety of fields. They will design approaches to computing technology and innovate existing technologies. Research scientists will explore issues with computing and modeling, develop software systems, test their developments, analyze the results of their tests, and publish their findings. In the field of geography, they will help develop program for mapping and modeling. This development includes webtools and map software for geographic research. Research scientists will test the tools and software they develop to improve the user interface or efficiency. Geospatial technologies are an important field of research and development that need geographers’ understandings of mapping and spatial visualizations. This field will continue to grow in the coming decades with more fields needing new programs and tools.

Geographers at work: GIS specialists, Cartographers, Business geographers

Recommended College Courses: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Advanced GIS, Cartography, Digital Image Processing and Machine Learning, Maps and Mapmaking, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation, Web Mapping, GPS and GIS

Skills: Geospatial technology, Computer programming, GIS, GPS, Cartography, Environmental Mapping and modeling

Occupation Group: Computer and Information Technology

Learn more about Computer and Information Research Scientists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm#tab-2

Written by Alisa Hartsell