Education - NIS Vs IT Vs Comp Sci degrees

August 11, 2010 at 09:01:45
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Hi,

I understand there are some differences between an IT, Network information Systems and comp sci degree but cannot pinpoint what the exact differences are. Does one degree typically command a higher pay than the other? Does one degree throw you in only a specific field where one of the other degrees lets you do whatever it is you desire in the computing world? Could someone please shed a little light on this topic for me? Also, would it be worth it to go get a second degree in one of these fields if I already have a BA or should I just go looking into some kind of certification instead. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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August 11, 2010 at 10:06:37
I understand there are some differences between an IT, Network information Systems and comp sci degree but cannot pinpoint what the exact differences are

The content and aim of each course would differ. It would be easy enough to go read the course outline for the aforementioned courses to see how they differ. I know that a Comp Sci degree is geared more towards programming, the Networking course would obviously be more geared towards networking and I suspect what you're calling an "IT" course would be more geared towards hardware, operating systems, software etc.

Does one degree typically command a higher pay than the other?

Quite likely. Again, research would tell you all you need to know. Look at some of the different jobs available (plenty of sites to check online) and the required skills/education and then look at the pay. Keep a spreadsheet and do some comparisons.

Does one degree throw you in only a specific field where one of the other degrees lets you do whatever it is you desire in the computing world?

For this I would say, there is a lot of specialization with regard to computing in general. For instance, I'm presently employed as a Network Technician. I have been in this position for 5+ years now. Prior to that, I had 10 years worth of working in hardware support and domain support. I have what could be considered "IT" training (as per my description above) but also pursued other certifications and upgraded my base skill set all the while I worked.

I suck at programming.......lol......you wouldn't hire me to work as a software developer anymore than you'd hire a person with a Comp Sci degree to do my job, or administer a domain.

Also, would it be worth it to go get a second degree in one of these fields if I already have a BA or should I just go looking into some kind of certification instead.

I would suggest you do look into some formal training in computing if working in this field strikes you as something you'd like to do. Whether to pursue a degree or CompTIA cert's I can't say. What I can tell you is, follow your strengths. The very first computer training I took was a 2 year "Computer Systems Technician" course. It was one of these programs that delves into all different areas of computing. I learned operating systems, hardware, networking, programming. This is where I learned I suck at programming and rock at operating systems, hardware, networking and domain administration. So I pursued what I was good at, as you should.

Take a look at the many different CompTIA certifications out there. Look at many different 2 year diploma courses as well as University degree courses. NOTE: don't waste time with fly-by-night colleges and courses, you want ones that are fully accredited or you're wasting your time. Compare what you see with what you like doing most with computers and pursue that. Remember, you can always continue to learn more as you work in the field and pursue more cert's and training while working.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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