T is definitely your favourite letter in STEM… But what does that mean for your future study and career path? Take our quiz below to see what popular tech degree is right for you – a Bachelor of Information Technology or a Bachelor of Computer Science.
Information technology vs computer science
What’s the difference? Great question! Information technology is all about using hardware and networks to solve businesses problems and make sure they’re running efficiently. You need a solid understanding of how computers work and you need to be a problem solver. Good communication skills are also super important because you’ll be working alongside all kinds of professionals, offering advice, processing data and maintaining networks.
What kinds of jobs can you nab with an IT degree? You could be a computer support specialist, network systems administrator, information security analyst or an IT project manager… Just to name a few!
It’s an awesome area to get into because you can work in a wide range of industries – from transport and education, to health and finance. So many opportunities to combine your passion with STEM.
On the other hand, computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. It has computer scientists working mainly with software and software systems in areas of development, design, application and theory. It’s an amazing degree if you’re looking to future proof your career, as computer scientists are in demand in SO many industries – tech, biology, defence, design, finance, cybersecurity… Computer scientists work just about anywhere!
To be a computer scientist, you’ll want sharp maths skills, a keen eye for detail and accuracy, the ability to analyse and trace problems, as well as the ability to organise large amounts of data.
Whichever tech degree you choose, so many exciting and innovative career paths await. Be sure to check out the stories of all the tech legends we’ve profiled.
And take a flick through our Careers with STEM: Technology e-mag. In it, you can discover how to combine technology with your passion for anything from fashion, humanities and health, to space, education or conservation to create your dream career. Meet real-life tech professionals with diverse career paths, including non-uni grads. Discover how tech is revitalising our regional areas, plus gain industry insights and tips from real people inside some of our biggest tech companies about how to land a job.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the acting digital editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals.