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.

IT vs Computer Science Infographic 



* 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.

This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen College to support its educational programs. Rasmussen College may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit for a list of programs offered. External links provided on are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation.

Callie is the Associate Content Marketing Manager at Collegis Education. She oversees all blog content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about providing quality content to empower others to improve their lives.

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