IT vs. Computer Science: Which Degree is Right for You? [Infographic]
There’s no doubt in your mind—you want to work in the exciting world of technology! And with the optimistic job growth and exciting earning potential, who could blame you?
The average median salary for professionals in this industry is upwards of $80,000 annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).* These positions are also projected to grow by an average of nearly 12 percent through 2024, which is faster than the national average rate of seven percent. Considering all these factors, it’s easy to see why you’re interested in degrees in technology. But which one is right for you and your career aspirations?
Comparing computer degrees
If you’re looking for a program that will prime you for success in a variety of technology careers, you’re probably considering IT versus computer science.
These two computer degrees may seem similar on the surface, but there are different skills and career opportunities associated with each. We created this infographic to provide you with a visual, side-by-side comparison of these fields of study so you can decide which of these degrees in technology suits you best.
If you decide that an information technology degree is the right choice for you, learn more about careers in IT. Do you think computer science is a better choice? Check out the top jobs for computer science degree holders.
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* Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This infographic was originally published in October 2014. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.