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A Day in the Life of a Computer Scientist

Written By: Syon Bilwar

Ever thought about pursuing a career in computer science? Here is a look at the typical day in the life of a person working in the computer science field. Of course, this will differ from person to person, position to position, and company to company, but this article provides a general overview of what the job can look like.

The basic job of a computer scientist is to use technology to solve everyday problems by doing research, collaborating with others, and developing products. Computer scientists design and build elaborate software systems. The software computer scientists create helps improve computing systems to be more useful and powerful. Many of them work with people outside of the CS field such as hardware engineers to create products. Computer scientists must use abstract thought, be proficient in math, and be creative.

The work of a computer scientist would not be complete without the aspect of programming. Many computer scientists have to code everyday at least for a couple of hours to develop new algorithms and data structures. Computer scientists are often handling multiple projects at once and doing side tasks in the background. Many of these projects include meetings where there are discussions about issues and plans for a particular project. Some computer scientists are also managers so they have to work on those projects while managing the team.

Computer science jobs can be remote, hybrid, or completely in-person. Although companies are bringing more workers back to the office, there are still plenty of jobs that are remote. Even though a computer scientist can work from home, the work is not easy as many people work 8-10 hours a day and wake up early in the morning or work late past midnight. Some computer scientists even might have to take and lead meetings at these unusual timings.

With all the advancements in the technology industry happening everyday, it is important to stay updated by reading the latest tech news and by continuing to learn about the CS field through courses and training. If one is working in a team, which is almost always the case, checking emails and other communication platforms is essential as well. The job of a computer scientist is not easy, but can be extremely rewarding if you have a sincere interest and passion in the field.


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