Pursuing a degree in Information Technology (IT) or Computer Science may be a good idea for your future career.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment in computer and information technology occupations will grow by 13 percent between 2016 and 2026, faster than average for other occupations.

But which degree should you pursue—IT or Computer Science? It all depends on your personal interests and abilities, according to WooYoung Chung, DBA, core faculty in Capella’s School of Business and Technology.

Who They Are Technology Implementers & Practitioners Technology Designers & Developers
Career Focus ·         Use computer systems, software, and networks to process and distribute data.

·         Find technological solutions for business needs by adapting, deploying, and maintaining the operating systems and programs designed by computer scientists.

·         Provide a crucial element of everyday operations and business growth for small and large businesses alike.

·         Study the design and purpose of computers, especially the mechanics of computation, data processing, and systems control.

·         Understand the intricacies of computer theory.

·         Write code and develop innovative computer hardware, software programs, and operating systems.

Personality Traits ·         Passionate about how technology can help improve performance and solve business problems.

·         Comfortable interacting with others, good communication skills.

·         Adept at discussing business needs with clients.

·         Able to work with cross-functional groups to develop and execute solutions.

·         Fascinated by the science and intricate details behind computers and their operating systems.

·         More introverted and solitary.

·         Able to focus independently on developing complex algorithms and writing code.

Degree Coursework ·         A degree program in IT focuses on infrastructure over software development.

·         Introductory to advanced classes cover programming, hardware, networking, system installation and administration, and computer security.

·         IT students also need good basic math skills

·         Computer Science majors need to excel at math and science and must be skilled at analytical problem solving.

·         Coursework typically includes the study of algorithms, operating systems, programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence, databases, and network systems.

  NOTE: Some required courses overlap between degree programs and many courses can be used as electives for either degree.
Internships Not generally necessary Encouraged
Jobs Related Job Titles to Explore*

·         Systems administrator

·         Business analyst

·         Systems analyst

·         Network engineer

·         Programmer/analyst

  • Security engineer

·         Information technology analyst

·         Data analyst

Related Job Titles to Explore*

·         Software engineer

·         Software developer

·         Systems engineer

·         Applications developer

  *These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Learn more about earning an Information Technology degree or certificate from Capella University.