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SUPERVISOR, COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING LAB, IN-DEPTH: Solving Problems That Will Help Our Nation

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Angela, a laboratory assistant supervisor, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that her favorite part of the job is that she gets to do something that will help solve problems for our nation and make a difference in people's lives.

School: Duke University ; Duke University - Virginia Tech - University of Texas-Austin
Degree: Computer Engineering - Computer Science
Job Title: Assistant Supervisor, Communications & Networking Group
Employer: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Job Summary: Computer and Information Research Scientists

Job Description

Computer and information research scientists invent and design new technology and find new uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other uses.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
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$60,000 - $155,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, People skills, Problem solving skills, Mathematical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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<span m='9970'>we're</span> <span m='10170'>not</span> <span m='10440'>looking</span> <span m='10740'>for</span> <span m='10970'>the</span> <span m='11530'>profit</span> <span m='12440'>margins.</span> <span m='13130'>And</span> <span m='13250'>what</span> <span m='13390'>we're</span> <span m='13560'>really</span> <span m='13830'>doing</span> <span m='14130'>is</span> <span m='14290'>trying</span> <span m='14670'>to</span> <span m='14820'>solve</span> <span m='15270'>problems</span> <span m='16010'>that</span> <span m='16200'>will</span> <span m='16379'>help</span> <span m='17570'>our</span> <span m='17690'>nation.</span> <span m='18270'>And</span> <span m='18410'>so</span> <span m='18720'>I</span> <span m='18750'>get</span> <span m='18920'>a</span> <span m='18970'>really</span> <span m='19260'>good</span> <span m='19960'>feeling</span> <span m='20430'>about</span> <span m='20830'>the</span> <span m='21190'>things</span> <span m='21530'>that I'm</span> <span m='21690'>doing</span> <span m='21960'>really</span> <span m='22130'>making</span> <span m='22410'>a</span> <span m='22460'>difference</span> <span m='23530'>in</span> <span m='23760'>people's</span> <span m='24170'>lives</span> <span m='24510'>and</span> <span m='24620'>hopefully</span> <span m='24990'>protecting</span> <span m='25570'>some</span> <span m='25710'>of</span> <span m='25860'>our</span> <span m='26010'>soldiers.</span> <span m='27930'>And,</span> <span m='28290'>on</span> <span m='28430'>the</span> <span m='28570'>other</span> <span m='28730'>hand,</span> <span m='29080'>I'm</span> <span m='29220'>also</span> <span m='29450'>doing</span> <span m='29670'>interesting</span> <span m='30040'>research.</span> <span m='30550'>So</span> <span m='30690'>we're</span> <span m='30840'>advancing</span> <span m='31250'>the</span> <span m='31320'>state</span> <span m='31550'>of</span> <span m='31600'>the</span> <span m='31730'>art</span> <span m='32750'>and</span> <span m='33280'>developing</span> <span m='33700'>new</span> <span m='33820'>technology</span> <span m='34420'>and</span> <span m='34510'>evaluating</span> <span m='34970'>new</span> <span m='35080'>technology.</span> <span m='35750'>And</span> <span m='35850'>that's</span> <span m='35910'>really</span> <span m='36200'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='37490'>It</span> <span m='38040'>is</span> <span m='38200'>hard</span> <span m='38540'>though,</span> <span m='38770'>because</span> <span m='40750'>this</span> <span m='41190'>is</span> <span m='41330'>all</span> <span m='41530'>cutting</span> <span m='41820'>edge</span> <span m='41980'>technology.</span> <span m='42850'>And</span> <span m='43030'>we</span> <span m='43130'>have</span> <span m='43330'>some</span> <span m='43480'>unique</span> <span m='43770'>challenges</span> <span m='44460'>with</span> <span m='44900'>government</span> <span m='45350'>agencies</span> <span m='45930'>as</span> <span m='46100'>sponsors,</span> <span m='46770'>because</span> <span m='47080'>we</span> <span m='47230'>aren't</span> <span m='47420'>a</span> <span m='47620'>commercial</span> <span m='48030'>company.</span> <span m='48550'>So</span> <span m='48720'>things</span> <span m='49010'>don't</span> <span m='49230'>move</span> <span m='49460'>at</span> <span m='49550'>the</span> <span m='49640'>fast</span> <span m='49970'>pace</span> <span m='50180'>of</span> <span m='50280'>innovation</span> <span m='51360'>necessarily</span> <span m='52180'>in</span> <span m='52290'>the</span> <span m='52390'>same</span> <span m='52680'>way</span> <span m='52840'>that</span> <span m='53140'>they</span> <span m='53250'>do</span> <span m='53460'>in</span> <span m='53560'>the</span> <span m='53660'>commercial</span> <span m='54060'>sector.</span> <span m='55210'>So</span> <span m='55370'>sometimes</span> <span m='55820'>you</span> <span m='56200'>can</span> <span m='56380'>feel</span> <span m='56560'>like</span> <span m='56700'>you're a</span> <span m='56830'>little</span> <span m='57020'>bit</span> <span m='57170'>behind</span> <span m='57460'>the</span> <span m='57560'>curve</span> <span m='58020'>and</span> <span m='58280'>trying</span> <span m='58460'>to</span> <span m='58520'>play</span> <span m='58670'>catch</span> <span m='58950'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='60410'>And</span> <span m='60860'>it's</span> <span m='62010'>not</span> <span m='62760'>quite a</span> <span m='63120'>university,</span> <span m='63870'>so</span> <span m='63990'>you</span> <span m='64090'>don't</span> <span m='64239'>have</span> <span m='64420'>students</span> <span m='64870'>all</span> <span m='65050'>around.</span> <span m='65720'>And</span> <span m='65910'>one</span> <span m='66020'>of</span> <span m='66070'>the</span> <span m='66140'>things</span> <span m='66310'>I</span> <span m='66380'>really</span> <span m='66660'>like</span> <span m='66840'>to</span> <span m='66940'>do</span> <span m='67130'>is</span> <span m='67260'>work</span> <span m='67460'>with</span> <span m='67580'>early,</span> <span m='68170'>younger</span> <span m='68590'>staff</span> <span m='68940'>members</span> <span m='69470'>and</span> <span m='69600'>really</span> <span m='69820'>help</span> <span m='70930'>work</span> <span m='71120'>with</span> <span m='71210'>them,</span> <span m='71380'>get</span> <span m='71540'>them</span> <span m='71660'>excited</span> <span m='72040'>about</span> <span m='72220'>what</span> <span m='72370'>we</span> <span m='72500'>do.</span> <span m='72760'>But</span> <span m='72910'>I</span> <span m='72950'>do</span> <span m='73140'>miss</span> <span m='73360'>having</span> <span m='73590'>students</span> <span m='73940'>around</span> <span m='74240'>like</span> <span m='74450'>I</span> <span m='74500'>had</span> <span m='74730'>when</span> <span m='74860'>I</span> <span m='74920'>was</span> <span m='75040'>a</span> <span m='75070'>graduate</span> <span m='75450'>student.</span> </p><p><span m='76476'>Is</span> <span m='76820'>it</span> <span m='77050'>hard</span> <span m='77250'>to</span> <span m='77290'>get</span> <span m='77440'>a</span> <span m='77510'>job</span> <span m='77880'>in</span> <span m='78110'>computer</span> <span m='78530'>science?</span> <span m='78970'>Well,</span> <span m='79270'>I</span> <span m='79380'>think</span> <span m='79660'>that</span> <span m='79890'>the</span> <span m='80580'>short</span> <span m='80870'>answer</span> <span m='81230'>is</span> <span m='81370'>no,</span> <span m='81680'>it's</span> <span m='81840'>not.</span> <span m='82270'>There's</span> <span m='82390'>all</span> <span m='82530'>kinds</span> <span m='82910'>of</span> <span m='82980'>jobs.</span> <span m='83330'>There's</span> <span m='83510'>a</span> <span m='83550'>huge</span> <span m='84180'>need</span> <span m='84500'>for</span> <span m='84640'>computer</span> <span m='85040'>scientists.</span> <span m='85970'>I</span> <span m='86110'>would</span> <span m='86430'>say</span> <span m='86700'>that</span> <span m='87350'>there's</span> <span m='87540'>a</span> <span m='87630'>lot</span> <span m='87900'>more to</span> <span m='88070'>computer</span> <span m='88550'>science</span> <span m='88990'>than</span> <span m='89150'>just</span> <span m='89370'>programming</span> <span m='89920'>a</span> <span m='90010'>computer.</span> <span m='91060'>It's</span> <span m='91310'>really</span> <span m='91580'>important</span> <span m='91940'>to</span> <span m='92050'>understand</span> <span m='93230'>all</span> <span m='93530'>of</span> <span m='93630'>the</span> <span m='94090'>different</span> <span m='94440'>ways</span> <span m='94730'>in</span> <span m='94840'>which</span> <span m='95170'>computer</span> <span m='95620'>science,</span> <span m='95990'>and</span> <span m='96090'>in</span> <span m='96570'>which</span> <span m='97200'>software</span> <span m='97680'>can</span> <span m='97900'>impact</span> <span m='98900'>the</span> <span m='99040'>world.</span> <span m='99420'>But</span> <span m='99560'>if</span> <span m='99660'>you've</span> <span m='99880'>got</span> <span m='100060'>a</span> <span m='100110'>computer</span> <span m='100460'>science</span> <span m='100810'>degree,</span> <span m='101230'>a</span> <span m='101310'>little</span> <span m='101510'>bit</span> <span m='101690'>of</span> <span m='101960'>ambition</span> <span m='102400'>and</span> <span m='102500'>creativity,</span> <span m='103180'>and</span> <span m='103290'>an</span> <span m='103420'>interest</span> <span m='103850'>in</span> <span m='103970'>doing</span> <span m='104230'>something,</span> <span m='104700'>I</span> <span m='104770'>don't</span> <span m='104940'>think</span> <span m='105050'>it's</span> <span m='105170'>hard</span> <span m='105540'>job</span> <span m='105820'>in</span> <span m='105910'>this</span> <span m='105980'>field.</span> <span m='106620'>And</span> <span m='106750'>there's</span> <span m='106870'>a</span> <span m='106940'>lot</span> <span m='107170'>of</span> <span m='107480'>really,</span> <span m='107970'>really</span> <span m='108340'>interesting</span> <span m='108940'>work</span> <span m='109160'>out</span> <span m='109310'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='110350'>My</span> <span m='110470'>work-life</span> <span m='110910'>balance?</span> <span m='112630'>In</span> <span m='112950'>this</span> <span m='113200'>field</span> <span m='113870'>you</span> <span m='113990'>hear</span> <span m='114300'>a</span> <span m='114360'>lot</span> <span m='114560'>about</span> <span m='114840'>the</span> <span m='115900'>coders</span> <span m='116210'>who</span> <span m='116360'>spend</span> <span m='116870'>all</span> <span m='117110'>of</span> <span m='117200'>their</span> <span m='117360'>time,</span> <span m='118030'>you know,</span> <span m='118515'>in</span> <span m='119000'>the</span> <span m='119100'>lab</span> <span m='119550'>or</span> <span m='120140'>at</span> <span m='120350'>work</span> <span m='120650'>writing</span> <span m='120900'>code,</span> <span m='121230'>and</span> <span m='121330'>I</span> <span m='121410'>know</span> <span m='121590'>that</span> <span m='121750'>that's</span> <span m='122010'>the</span> <span m='122110'>case.</span> <span m='122920'>I</span> <span m='123120'>am</span> <span m='123330'>fortunate</span> <span m='123930'>because</span> <span m='124220'>that</span> <span m='124360'>is</span> <span m='124480'>not</span> <span m='124650'>the</span> <span m='124750'>case</span> <span m='125040'>for</span> <span m='125160'>me.</span> <span m='126442'>You know,</span> <span m='126900'>it</span> <span m='127570'>goes</span> <span m='127820'>in</span> <span m='127980'>waves.</span> <span m='128539'>And</span> <span m='128770'>there's</span> <span m='129000'>definitely</span> <span m='129500'>times</span> <span m='129860'>when</span> <span m='130000'>I</span> <span m='130070'>work</span> <span m='130320'>a</span> <span m='130389'>lot</span> <span m='130720'>more</span> <span m='130990'>than</span> <span m='131280'>other</span> <span m='131530'>times,</span> <span m='131980'>but</span> <span m='132810'>one</span> <span m='133050'>thing</span> <span m='133230'>that's</span> <span m='133450'>nice</span> <span m='133690'>about</span> <span m='133980'>software</span> <span m='134250'>development</span> <span m='134760'>is,</span> <span m='134860'>you</span> <span m='134980'>can</span> <span m='135120'>do</span> <span m='135240'>it</span> <span m='135360'>anywhere,</span> <span m='135830'>pretty</span> <span m='136100'>much.</span> </p><p><span m='137600'>I</span> <span m='137960'>have</span> <span m='138820'>been</span> <span m='139190'>very</span> <span m='139510'>fortunate</span> <span m='139970'>to</span> <span m='140030'>have</span> <span m='140220'>some</span> <span m='140440'>colleagues</span> <span m='140950'>who</span> <span m='141030'>were</span> <span m='141110'>very</span> <span m='142430'>understanding</span> <span m='143050'>of</span> <span m='143160'>work-life</span> <span m='143560'>balance,</span> <span m='144000'>and</span> <span m='144130'>now</span> <span m='144280'>as</span> <span m='144400'>a</span> <span m='144460'>manager</span> <span m='144970'>I</span> <span m='145070'>try</span> <span m='145100'>to</span> <span m='145170'>do</span> <span m='145290'>the</span> <span m='145410'>same</span> <span m='145670'>with</span> <span m='145800'>the</span> <span m='145870'>people</span> <span m='146580'>with</span> <span m='146900'>whom</span> <span m='147100'>I</span> <span m='147200'>work.</span> <span m='148090'>I</span> <span m='148250'>have</span> <span m='148500'>two</span> <span m='148790'>young</span> <span m='149090'>children</span> <span m='149900'>and</span> <span m='150470'>a husband</span> <span m='150910'>and</span> <span m='151030'>a</span> <span m='151080'>family,</span> <span m='151990'>and</span> <span m='152850'>I</span> <span m='153340'>do</span> <span m='154080'>outside</span> <span m='154470'>things</span> <span m='154760'>like</span> <span m='154980'>triathlon.</span> <span m='155930'>And</span> <span m='156210'>I</span> <span m='156270'>make</span> <span m='156510'>a</span> <span m='156570'>room</span> <span m='156850'>in</span> <span m='157470'>my</span> <span m='157590'>life</span> <span m='157850'>for</span> <span m='157950'>that.</span> <span m='158280'>And</span> <span m='158950'>it</span> <span m='159650'>fits</span> <span m='159910'>within my</span> <span m='160050'>work.</span> <span m='160320'>Not</span> <span m='160530'>always--</span> <span m='160890'>there's</span> <span m='161370'>always</span> <span m='161590'>a</span> <span m='161640'>balance,</span> <span m='162170'>but</span> <span m='162720'>there</span> <span m='162910'>is</span> <span m='163070'>work-life</span> <span m='163450'>balance.</span> </p>","file":{"id":368023,"video_id":"3299886955001","name":"2205-Angela-AsstGroupSupervisor2","duration":164444,"thumbnail_url":null}});