Computer and Information Research Scientists

risk level
Based on 407 votes
by year 2032
or $69.74 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

18% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 18% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Computer and Information Research Scientists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Computer and Information Research Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 21.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Computer and Information Research Scientists' was $145,080, or $69 per hour

'Computer and Information Research Scientists' were paid 201.9% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 35,210 people employed as 'Computer and Information Research Scientists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Computer and Information Research Scientists'.

Job description

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

SOC Code: 15-1221.00


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Hot Take (No chance) says
Computer Science is developing AI currently. After AGI is achieved people still need to understand the mechanics behind it. Computer Scientists will be necessary to align AI with human goals.

I do see a lot of programming jobs getting obsolete, but programming is not Computer Science. Programming is a tool. If we ever render computer scientists obsolete then we might as well render physicists, mathematicians and other researchers obsolete.

I believe as the world become more digital the necessity to understand Computer Science will grow :)
Mar 27, 2024 at 12:12 AM
BibirMengkeroet (No chance) says
AI could only replace (best) computer scientists when singularity happens. At that point, all jobs were already replaced. What's the point of the financial system anyway?
Sep 13, 2022 at 11:51 AM

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