Computing and Information Technology

Students in computer lab

Is a career in computing or information technology right for you?

Think about what you like to do and what you are good at. 

Computing and Information Technology workers

  • are good at multitasking
  • are versatile  
  • like to analyze things  
  • have math aptitude
  • are detail oriented
  • are committed updating their skills and learning new things
  • have good communication skills
  • have good memorization skills
  • excel at problem solving and troubleshooting
  • have technical writing skills

If these some or all of these characteristics apply to you, you may want to consider a career in the fast-growing fields of computing or information technology. If you do, you need to take all the computer and math courses you can in high school to prepare for the college-level technology classes that await you.
Computer Science and Information Technology impact just about everything in our lives today and there simply are not enough graduating students to accommodate the demand. There is literally a new career field being created every few months. For example, a few years ago, Web page designing was not a career field; now it is. Game Design was not even a college major and now it is a major in demand. Cyber security has grown astronomically as a career field.
Computer Science and Information Technology – Some Differences
Computer Science refers to the processes involved in researching and creating computer programs and applications and the theories that are behind those processes.

  • You probably would be doing independent work applying mathematical algorithms and writing code. In addition to programming, you might be designing and developing computer hardware and software.
  • Some of the job titles that go along with Computer Science degrees are software engineer, software developer, systems engineer and software development engineer, among others.

From ATMs to video games to Internet research, Information Technology has an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, at home, at work, and at play. Information Technology is the integration of information systems and computing technology.

  • It is an important part of every business plan and requires IT professionals who can apply computer programs to fit the needs of businesses. IT professionals are more likely to interact with others while helping to solve technological problems.
  • Some of the job titles that go along with Information Technology are systems administrator, systems analyst, network engineer, technical support specialist.

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