Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by D1G1T4L, May 11, 2005.
I thought it was all the same field - computer science/it?
someone enlighten me
Computer science is mainly computer logic/theory. IT is more the business side. So IT people are more likely to be the ones installing/using applications where a programmer is creating the apps. I tend to dabble in both areas my self. Still not sure what I wanna do.
IT guys are the ones that make excuses as to why your email is slow or the network goes down. Programmers are the ones that bring in the money.
Am I the only one who came in to this expecting to see a punchline? I feel kinda let down now...
Yeah, that's pretty accurate. IT people tend to work setting up and maintaining networks or software systems for companies, while programmers create software. In terms of education, people in the IT field learn a lot about how to use and implement applications and technology, while us CS folks learn a lot of math and theory, as well as some practical programming stuff.
IT does not stress high logic or programming ability like CS degrees do. Most IT degrees go into skill sets such as Database Managmnet/administration, Unix development and administration, windows development and windows administration, network administration from a unix and windows perspective. A lot of IT degrees even cover cisco networking systems, business, project managment and web development. I even remember taking some Analysis and Design classes. IT does teach you how to code, but usually it's not really as far in depth as CS.
so i am guessing cs guys get paid more because of they have more knowledge of computers/programming ?
In a broad generalization sense, yes.
Depends really. I know some CS guys who work at companies and supervise (read: get paid more than) programmers who don't have CS degrees (tech school graduates and such). Other CS guys aren't interested in commercial software and prefer to take a bit of a pay cut (at first at least) and work for an interesting research company or a university.
They get paid more if they ARE programmers IN a programming position for a job. A lot of IT guys are not really programmers. A lot of them end up being DBA's or Net Admins. In that view, an IT degree can pay more than a CS degree if you look at it like that.
It's just a matter of perception. Just look around at different degrees and what they offer. You should be able to find out yourself rather than asking a bunch of questions.
Programmers create applications, systems, etc.
IT guys configure, administer and use the applications, systems, etc that the programmers created.
Both have their ups and downs, if you like spending your 9 hour day on a chair typing become a programmer, if you want to go on the road and install networks, servers, workstations, and take the blame for pretty much anything/everything that goes wrong .... then IT it is!