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IT and Computer Science — What’s the Difference (and which is right for you?)

Although sometimes used interchangeably, IT and Computer Science are two different career paths, specifically when starting your education. As this infographic put together by Rasmussen College points out, IT is “the application of computer programs to solve business processes. An employee in this industry will likely interact with others — whether in person or via phone or email — while helping solve technological problems.” On the other hand, they define Computer Science as “the processes of creating usable computer programs and applications and the theories behind those processes. An employee in this industry will likely be doing a lot of independent work applying complex algorithms and writing code.

If you’re already an experienced technology professional, these labels are nothing more than just that, labels. When you and your clients have a clear understanding of your job description and your specialty, the title is near irrelevant. If you know a teenager or aspiring technology professional looking to define their path; however, then this infographic is worth sharing. It explains the opportunities and experience required for each field, helping to get one step closer in a difficult decision.

IT and Computer Science -- What's the Difference (and which is right for you?)

A Comprehensive Map of Computer Science

There is no shortage of IT and computer related jobs in Canada and there is an always-growing spectrum of specialties where one can focus. From Theoretical Computer Science to Computer Engineering to Applications and anywhere in between, you can build a career by becoming a subject matter expert on just one or two specs of the map.

If you’re trying to decide your niche, a student exploring career opportunities, or an IT recruiter understanding where their open jobs fit, then take 11 minutes to watch this video from Domain of Science. The summary of Computer Science is fascinating and educational, even though it does miss some areas (the author states in the comments “I should have added in computer security alongside hacking. It is a huge and important field so I regret leaving it off. And I should also have mentioned interpreters along with compilers as this is an important concept“)