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What's the best degree for a career in IT?

By debuggist Staff ·
I know CS seems like the obvious choice, although I'm sure others have chosen other majors and done well in IT.

Do others major in Mathematics or both CS and Math (that's what I did)?

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Who you know ...

by Too Old For IT In reply to I'll tell you what's BS

"In your world, success should be about who you know, not what you're good at or interested in. "

This is different than the real world how?

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by tauruse In reply to B.S. in IT is just that ( ...

i agree with you it should be that the degree will be rated as second in hiring an employee but they should be recommended by trusted people too

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by kyang12 In reply to B.S. in IT is just that ( ...

Will you hired me?

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by joel In reply to What's the best degree fo ...
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by whistl3r In reply to What's the best degree fo ...

Most employer's look for individuals with strong specialization in a field.

With my personal experience, employer's are looking for a prospect with a type of liberal arts degree, not to mention a few certifications to back up their new found knowledge.

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Any IT Degree

by ITEngineerGuy In reply to Specialization

My two cents is to get any IT or IS related degree. Some require CS, but any IT or IS will do usually to get your foot in the door. I am working on a business degree and soon to graduate. Then I will go back and add BSCIT. But I have made it in the industry for the last ten years just on talent and determination. The best jobs I have had are the two last ones. One, I learned from a friend that heard about a job, and the second one (current) was they called me. I got the salary I wanted.

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Utterly Useless degrees

by Enkin In reply to Specialization

I personally have what appears prima facie an utterly useless degree...Philosophy.

Having said that though, I find that experience is far more a boon. My previous job in Manufacturing recently landed me a nice position. So while certs and degrees are nice, I think most employers want experience.

However, that doesn't stop me from pursuing my Masters in CIS...

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Any IT Related Degree is good

by rbkinsey In reply to What's the best degree fo ...

I've been in IT since the late 60s and grew into it because I could get money to pay for my family. I didn't go for a degree until 76, when I got a BS in Bus Mgt, simply because it was the quickest degree to obtain. It seems to only count as a qualifier for some job requirements.
Doesn't seem to matter where you went or how well you did, just as long as you did it when it's a requirement.

On a contract a couple of years ago, I noticed that the hiring manager thought less of anyone without a Masters, because he had one. I think it was his way of justifying his own self importance.

I got an MBA in 03 and although it allows me to fit more project requirements, again I don't think it really matters where you got it or what you study. Perhaps people who have walked the same journey can relate better and the requirement reflects the best fit for the team of people you would be involved with.

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I have hired both

by ltheodoru In reply to Any IT Related Degree is ...

Personally, I have degrees in both math and CS, but most of the techs that I hire do not have a degree. Of course, the pay they receive in a school system could not possibly demand a degree. The difference I have noticed between those who have degrees and those who do not is the ability to correctly analyze and resolve problems. I find that I usually have to double-check when one of them reports a specific problem to me. Case in point, one of my techs reported that a switch had failed. She added a single failed jack and the fact that our internet access was down for a short while just as she was checking the one computer that had been reported and came up with a failed switch even though that was not the case at all. It is not the specific facts that you learn in college, but the thought process and problem-solving approach.

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problem solving

by debuggist Staff In reply to I have hired both

That's the value I received from Mathematics. It taught me how to "think". Of course, if I mention that to anyone without a math major, they look at me like I'm an arrogant snob. What I really mean is "analyze" like you say: break a problem down and methodically analyze it. Math isn't the only subject that can teach you that; it's just the one that happened to really work well for me.

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