What’s the Difference: Information Technology vs Computer Science?

Here’s what you need to know about the difference between information technology and computer science. The lines between the two can become blurry, so we’re here to help you out.

So you’ve made the choice to start a career in the technology industry. That’s great! Now there’s just one question on your mind: “What’s the difference between information technology and computer science?”. We’ve got you covered.

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What’s the Difference Between Information Technology and Computer Science? 

Technology is a booming industry. Everyone makes use of it daily for both work and entertainment. Since people rely so much on technology, it has become one of the most stable careers to pursue. Before you dive into this field, let’s explore the difference between information technology and computer science. 

Computer Science

Computer science is responsible for creating the foundation for the computer systems we all know and love. It is more focused on how and what makes computers work. Computer scientists use algorithms and special programming languages (such as JavaScript, HTML and Python) to solve issues.  

Qualifications

Computer science is a degree programme. This means you need to study an accredited course. So to become a computer scientist, you must have matric. You should also have done well in subjects such as Maths and Physical Science in high school.  

Information Technology

Information technology, also known by its abbreviation IT, involves using software and hardware to take care of computer systems. Professionals working in IT are responsible for maintaining the systems made by computer scientists. This includes protecting it from hackers. 

Qualifications

You can study IT with or without matric. But this all depends on the institution you want to study at. Private colleges, such as ours, will allow you to study without matric. The certificate you receive at the end will leave you well equipped to find a job in this field. 

Which one is Right for you?

Well it all depends on your interests and abilities. Computer Science needs you to do A LOT of maths. Which is why you’ll struggle if you didn’t do well in this subject at school. But if you would like to learn programming so you can build apps, for example, computer science is the way to go. 

Although very useful to have, information technology does not require a high level of maths knowledge. This career is more focused on the business side of technology. Which means companies use IT services to make sure their computers are secure and well-maintained. If this sounds interesting, then IT is the career for you

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