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COMPUTER SCIENTIST/DEPT. HEAD, IN-DEPTH: There Are Plenty Of Computer Science Jobs & They Pay Very Well!

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Deb, the computer science dept. head at a national lab, discusses what she loves most about her job, its challenges, key decisions, how hard it is to get work in her field, and work-life balance. The perception that all CS jobs have moved oversees is false. Demand is high; there are many opportunities.

Degree: Computer Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Computer Scientist & Department Head
Employer: Science 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
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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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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m='11340'>change</span> <span m='12210'>and</span> <span m='12400'>these</span> <span m='12600'>various</span> <span m='12990'>areas.</span> <span m='14020'>I've</span> <span m='14290'>interacted</span> <span m='14910'>at</span> <span m='15020'>this</span> <span m='15200'>point</span> <span m='15430'>with</span> <span m='15580'>six</span> <span m='15890'>Nobel</span> <span m='16219'>Prize</span> <span m='16600'>winners.</span> <span m='17680'>And</span> <span m='18320'>we</span> <span m='18630'>help</span> <span m='18910'>them</span> <span m='19080'>do</span> <span m='19240'>that</span> <span m='19540'>science,</span> <span m='20110'>and</span> <span m='20290'>so</span> <span m='20520'>it's</span> <span m='20680'>just</span> <span m='20920'>amazing</span> <span m='21500'>to</span> <span m='21570'>work</span> <span m='21840'>with</span> <span m='22040'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='22990'>The</span> <span m='23160'>challenging</span> <span m='23850'>part</span> <span m='24070'>of</span> <span m='24140'>my</span> <span m='24290'>job</span> <span m='24730'>is</span> <span m='24990'>actually</span> <span m='25400'>managing</span> <span m='25950'>to</span> <span m='26050'>do</span> <span m='26230'>it</span> <span m='26310'>on</span> <span m='26450'>the</span> <span m='26530'>budget</span> <span m='26940'>that</span> <span m='27060'>they</span> <span m='27150'>give</span> <span m='27370'>me.</span> <span m='28360'>Because</span> <span m='28690'>they</span> <span m='28870'>inevitably</span> <span m='29500'>want</span> <span m='29720'>to</span> <span m='29770'>spend</span> <span m='30060'>all</span> <span m='30230'>their</span> <span m='30330'>budget</span> <span m='30710'>on</span> <span m='30860'>their</span> <span m='31010'>science</span> <span m='31750'>and</span> <span m='32110'>on</span> <span m='32250'>doing</span> <span m='32520'>their</span> <span m='32700'>analysis</span> <span m='33440'>and</span> <span m='33900'>things,</span> <span m='34250'>and</span> <span m='34380'>they</span> <span m='34530'>tend</span> <span m='34790'>to</span> <span m='34900'>underestimate</span> <span m='36150'>how</span> <span m='36240'>much</span> <span m='36450'>computing</span> <span m='36910'>infrastructure</span> <span m='37740'>and</span> <span m='37960'>software</span> <span m='38430'>that</span> <span m='38640'>they</span> <span m='38740'>need</span> <span m='39080'>to</span> <span m='39180'>do</span> <span m='39360'>that.</span> <span m='40330'>And</span> <span m='40540'>so</span> <span m='40720'>it's</span> <span m='40860'>always</span> <span m='41230'>challenging</span> <span m='41870'>managing</span> <span m='42480'>to</span> <span m='42630'>provide</span> <span m='43290'>the</span> <span m='43360'>sort</span> <span m='43630'>of</span> <span m='43730'>capabilities</span> <span m='44420'>they</span> <span m='44590'>want</span> <span m='45000'>on</span> <span m='45140'>the</span> <span m='45210'>budget</span> <span m='45610'>they</span> <span m='45700'>give</span> <span m='45930'>us.</span> </p><p><span m='46670'>One</span> <span m='46870'>of</span> <span m='46940'>the</span> <span m='47030'>key</span> <span m='47320'>things</span> <span m='47640'>that</span> <span m='47750'>really</span> <span m='48000'>led</span> <span m='48260'>me</span> <span m='48350'>to</span> <span m='48570'>this</span> <span m='48750'>career</span> <span m='49790'>is</span> <span m='50380'>that</span> <span m='50610'>change</span> <span m='50940'>to</span> <span m='51060'>computer</span> <span m='51470'>science</span> <span m='51940'>that</span> <span m='52080'>I</span> <span m='52140'>made</span> <span m='52410'>from</span> <span m='52570'>mechanical</span> <span m='53100'>engineering.</span> <span m='54030'>When</span> <span m='54270'>I</span> <span m='54350'>switched</span> <span m='54770'>to</span> <span m='54870'>computer</span> <span m='55310'>science,</span> <span m='57445'>it</span> <span m='57720'>was</span> <span m='57890'>coming</span> <span m='58140'>to</span> <span m='58200'>that</span> <span m='58380'>realization</span> <span m='59210'>that</span> <span m='59510'>even</span> <span m='59800'>though</span> <span m='60000'>I</span> <span m='60110'>love</span> <span m='60490'>putting</span> <span m='60800'>things</span> <span m='61040'>together</span> <span m='61520'>and</span> <span m='61640'>taking</span> <span m='61950'>them</span> <span m='62120'>apart</span> <span m='63220'>that</span> <span m='63620'>there</span> <span m='63720'>was</span> <span m='63890'>much</span> <span m='64230'>better</span> <span m='64680'>careers</span> <span m='65239'>available</span> <span m='65960'>doing</span> <span m='66240'>computer</span> <span m='66610'>science</span> <span m='67020'>and that</span> <span m='67250'>I</span> <span m='67310'>actually</span> <span m='67810'>really</span> <span m='68240'>loved</span> <span m='68740'>sitting</span> <span m='69070'>in</span> <span m='69160'>front</span> <span m='69420'>of</span> <span m='69500'>the</span> <span m='69610'>computer.</span> <span m='70620'>I'd</span> <span m='70730'>gone</span> <span m='71110'>into</span> <span m='71160'>mechanical</span> <span m='71610'>engineering</span> <span m='72050'>because</span> <span m='72240'>I</span> <span m='72330'>thought</span> <span m='72600'>it'd</span> <span m='72720'>get</span> <span m='72890'>me</span> <span m='73010'>outdoors</span> <span m='73590'>a</span> <span m='73660'>lot.</span> <span m='73980'>And</span> <span m='74150'>it did.</span> <span m='75190'>But</span> <span m='75780'>I</span> <span m='75920'>actually</span> <span m='76390'>really</span> <span m='76770'>loved</span> <span m='77150'>sitting</span> <span m='77460'>in</span> <span m='77560'>front</span> <span m='77810'>of</span> <span m='77860'>the</span> <span m='78110'>terminal</span> <span m='78630'>and</span> <span m='78740'>actually</span> <span m='79130'>working</span> <span m='79540'>on</span> <span m='79670'>computing.</span> <span m='81020'>So</span> <span m='81150'>switching</span> <span m='81680'>to</span> <span m='81750'>that</span> <span m='82030'>field</span> <span m='82420'>really</span> <span m='82710'>opened</span> <span m='83010'>this</span> <span m='83220'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='83460'>I'd say</span> <span m='83770'>the</span> <span m='83890'>other</span> <span m='84180'>key</span> <span m='84430'>decision</span> <span m='84960'>for</span> <span m='85090'>me</span> <span m='86120'>was</span> <span m='86480'>deciding</span> <span m='86930'>not to</span> <span m='87250'>be a</span> <span m='87310'>university</span> <span m='87980'>professor.</span> <span m='88770'>And</span> <span m='89820'>a</span> <span m='90070'>lot</span> <span m='90300'>of</span> <span m='90360'>why</span> <span m='90600'>I</span> <span m='90710'>did</span> <span m='91200'>that</span> <span m='91410'>initially</span> <span m='92020'>was</span> <span m='92370'>because</span> <span m='92750'>I</span> <span m='92830'>thought,</span> <span m='93070'>well,</span> <span m='93750'>if</span> <span m='93900'>I</span> <span m='93970'>establish</span> <span m='94520'>my</span> <span m='94680'>research</span> <span m='95170'>career</span> <span m='95460'>first</span> <span m='96670'>and</span> <span m='96950'>then</span> <span m='97270'>go</span> <span m='97610'>teach</span> <span m='98180'>at a</span> <span m='98390'>university,</span> <span m='98980'>I</span> <span m='99010'>won't</span> <span m='99280'>have</span> <span m='99600'>the</span> <span m='99690'>drag--</span> <span m='100540'>not</span> <span m='100730'>the</span> <span m='100830'>drag--</span> <span m='103180'>I</span> <span m='103270'>won't</span> <span m='103460'>be</span> <span m='103560'>needing</span> <span m='103920'>to</span> <span m='104010'>teach,</span> <span m='104430'>and</span> <span m='104530'>I</span> <span m='104590'>can</span> <span m='104780'>just</span> <span m='105180'>concentrate</span> <span m='105830'>on</span> <span m='105920'>the</span> <span m='106000'>research.</span> <span m='107070'>And</span> <span m='107230'>then</span> <span m='107690'>I</span> <span m='107980'>can</span> <span m='108350'>start</span> <span m='108760'>teaching</span> <span m='109170'>once</span> <span m='109420'>I</span> <span m='109500'>have</span> <span m='109720'>my</span> <span m='109840'>research</span> <span m='110320'>career</span> <span m='110640'>in</span> <span m='110750'>pretty</span> <span m='110970'>good</span> <span m='111160'>shape.</span> </p><p><span m='112460'>What</span> <span m='112850'>I've</span> <span m='113000'>really</span> <span m='113250'>found</span> <span m='113760'>is</span> <span m='113940'>that</span> <span m='114260'>I</span> <span m='114320'>just</span> <span m='114590'>love</span> <span m='114810'>it</span> <span m='114930'>here.</span> <span m='115210'>And</span> <span m='116050'>I</span> <span m='116170'>would</span> <span m='116410'>teach</span> <span m='116700'>here</span> <span m='116930'>as</span> <span m='117070'>well</span> <span m='117480'>if</span> <span m='117965'>I</span> <span m='118450'>had</span> <span m='118600'>the</span> <span m='118710'>opportunity.</span> <span m='119320'>But</span> <span m='120250'>given</span> <span m='120500'>that</span> <span m='120620'>I</span> <span m='120710'>don't,</span> <span m='121090'>I</span> <span m='121610'>just</span> <span m='121900'>do</span> <span m='122010'>research,</span> <span m='122510'>and</span> <span m='123010'>I</span> <span m='123070'>really</span> <span m='123350'>love</span> <span m='123670'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='125130'>There's</span> <span m='125310'>a</span> <span m='125390'>lot</span> <span m='125600'>of</span> <span m='125670'>perception</span> <span m='126780'>that</span> <span m='127220'>computer</span> <span m='127620'>science</span> <span m='128070'>jobs</span> <span m='128430'>have</span> <span m='128539'>moved</span> <span m='128820'>overseas.</span> <span m='129949'>But</span> <span m='130210'>that's</span> <span m='130410'>really</span> <span m='130660'>false.</span> <span m='132300'>And</span> <span m='132750'>the</span> <span m='132910'>issue</span> <span m='133490'>is</span> <span m='133780'>more</span> <span m='134190'>that,</span> <span m='135270'>sure,</span> <span m='135530'>there</span> <span m='135690'>are</span> <span m='135740'>lots</span> <span m='136060'>of</span> <span m='136160'>computing</span> <span m='136570'>going</span> <span m='136840'>on</span> <span m='136990'>overseas.</span> <span m='137940'>But</span> <span m='138200'>there's</span> <span m='138390'>a</span> <span m='138460'>huge</span> <span m='138900'>number</span> <span m='139200'>of</span> <span m='139270'>computing</span> <span m='139720'>jobs</span> <span m='140120'>here.</span> <span m='141270'>So</span> <span m='141640'>it's</span> <span m='141870'>actually</span> <span m='142300'>fairly</span> <span m='142690'>straightforward</span> <span m='143330'>to</span> <span m='143370'>get</span> <span m='143520'>a</span> <span m='143590'>job</span> <span m='143860'>in</span> <span m='143920'>computer</span> <span m='144340'>science.</span> </p><p><span m='144760'>And</span> <span m='145710'>there's</span> <span m='147790'>few</span> <span m='148040'>enough</span> <span m='148310'>computer</span> <span m='148680'>scientists</span> <span m='149360'>that</span> <span m='149490'>generally</span> <span m='150050'>the</span> <span m='150180'>demand</span> <span m='150630'>is</span> <span m='150750'>much</span> <span m='150960'>higher</span> <span m='151230'>than</span> <span m='151390'>the</span> <span m='151480'>supply.</span> <span m='153410'>What's</span> <span m='153710'>really</span> <span m='153990'>great</span> <span m='154280'>about</span> <span m='154560'>that</span> <span m='155340'>is</span> <span m='155570'>the</span> <span m='155660'>pay</span> <span m='156020'>is</span> <span m='156960'>exceptionally</span> <span m='157660'>good</span> <span m='158500'>in</span> <span m='158650'>this</span> <span m='158850'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='160580'>In</span> <span m='160670'>terms</span> <span m='160950'>of</span> <span m='161030'>work/life</span> <span m='161530'>balance,</span> <span m='163080'>sometimes</span> <span m='163590'>I</span> <span m='163690'>have</span> <span m='163880'>pretty</span> <span m='164120'>poor</span> <span m='164390'>work/life</span> <span m='164880'>balance.</span> <span m='165570'>But</span> <span m='166280'>most</span> <span m='166720'>of</span> <span m='166780'>the</span> <span m='166880'>time,</span> <span m='167140'>I</span> <span m='167200'>manage</span> <span m='167610'>to</span> <span m='167660'>even</span> <span m='167920'>it</span> <span m='168090'>out.</span> <span m='168940'>And</span> <span m='169390'>the</span> <span m='169460'>reality</span> <span m='170060'>is</span> <span m='170460'>I</span> <span m='170590'>control</span> <span m='171080'>my</span> <span m='171220'>work/life</span> <span m='171710'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='172150'>Because</span> <span m='172460'>I'm</span> <span m='172600'>in</span> <span m='172690'>research,</span> <span m='174280'>most</span> <span m='174610'>of</span> <span m='174650'>my</span> <span m='174800'>work</span> <span m='175150'>is</span> <span m='175360'>driven</span> <span m='175660'>off</span> <span m='175850'>proposals.</span> <span m='176980'>It's</span> <span m='177210'>mostly</span> <span m='178000'>projects</span> <span m='178740'>that</span> <span m='178910'>I've</span> <span m='179110'>defined.</span> <span m='180590'>So</span> <span m='180920'>I</span> <span m='181050'>control</span> <span m='181860'>sort</span> <span m='182160'>of</span> <span m='182890'>how</span> <span m='183150'>extensively</span> <span m='184030'>I've</span> <span m='184310'>committed</span> <span m='184790'>myself</span> <span m='185380'>to</span> <span m='185570'>different</span> <span m='185890'>projects.</span> </p><p><span m='188230'>And,</span> <span m='188500'>yeah,</span> <span m='188660'>a lot</span> <span m='189040'>of</span> <span m='189120'>times</span> <span m='189410'>I'm</span> <span m='189570'>over-committed.</span> <span m='190320'>But</span> <span m='191520'>at</span> <span m='191660'>least</span> <span m='191870'>it's</span> <span m='192020'>my own</span> <span m='192320'>fault</span> <span m='193250'>when</span> <span m='193480'>I</span> <span m='193590'>do</span> <span m='193830'>it.</span> <span m='194480'>It's</span> <span m='194790'>rarely</span> <span m='195290'>that</span> <span m='195510'>anyone</span> <span m='196000'>has</span> <span m='196870'>driven</span> <span m='197250'>me</span> <span m='197460'>to</span> <span m='197580'>need</span> <span m='197860'>to</span> <span m='197930'>do</span> <span m='198180'>it.</span> <span m='198430'>It's</span> <span m='198720'>more</span> <span m='199020'>that</span> <span m='199900'>I've</span> <span m='200410'>promised</span> <span m='200950'>something</span> <span m='201320'>amazing,</span> <span m='201585'>and</span> <span m='201850'>I</span> <span m='201970'>want</span> <span m='202180'>to</span> <span m='202250'>deliver</span> <span m='202670'>it.</span> <span m='202950'>So</span> <span m='204340'>I</span> <span m='204370'>work</span> <span m='205170'>really</span> <span m='205500'>long</span> <span m='205770'>hours</span> <span m='206100'>a</span> <span m='206160'>lot</span> <span m='206370'>of</span> <span m='206430'>times</span> <span m='206780'>to</span> <span m='206910'>do</span> <span m='207060'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265687,"video_id":"2708207120001","name":"71527502","duration":208553,"thumbnail_url":null}});