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A photo of prodarkhunter prodarkhunter
Hi guys, I am new here.
For the past few years I wanted to pursue the accounting field knowing that the salary is always high and it is not that hard to find a job. In the past few months I started understanding that accounting is just plain boring and I don't think I will like it.
I always loved computers, and I am very knowledgeable in computers and electronics in general.
I had Computer science for the past 3 years (grade 10, 11, 12[not done 12 yet]) and always finished in high 80s and low 90s.
Now if I wanted to go into computer science I wouldn't be posting this thread.
So my question is, is IT different from computer science? The main reason I don't want to go into computer science is because I don't think I have the right skills to problem solve like a programmer, and I also don't want to sit in front of the computer for a living as well as have a lot of over time hours (or thats what I heard)
So my question is, what are the main differences between computer science and IT.
Also, which program am I supposed to take if I want to pursue the IT path (list as many as possible around Ontario)

Thanks in advance and sorry for long the post.
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A photo of rightsaidfred rightsaidfred
IT is simple, hands on stuff. Maybe programming too.

Computer science is literally what it says: computer science. All the theoretical aspects of computing and computers.

If you want to pursue the IT path... either take computer science, or go to a college and pick on of their computer technician programs.
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A photo of prodarkhunter prodarkhunter
So what you are saying is that the only way to pursue IT is through a computer science program?
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A photo of rightsaidfred rightsaidfred
No that's the opposite of what I said.
Go to a college and take a computer technician or networking course or something.
Lots of ways of getting into IT. Look at your local college viewbook.
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What about the universities that offer Information Technology? Are they worth the trip? I checked and University of Toronto-Scarborough,York, and Ryerson all offer IT programs
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A photo of rightsaidfred rightsaidfred
Friend of mine took computer science at Waterloo. His brother took MIT at Western. It's probably pretty alright. College gets you your diploma in 2 years though. If you're gonna go to university for computers and spend four years regardless, you may as well do computer science/computer engineering/software engineering.
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A photo of greygoose greygoose
Hello prodark,

Glad you decided to leave behind a field you find boring. That's no way to live your life!

IT is totally different from computer science. Information Technology is every applied aspect of working with computers. As I mentioned in another thread, it's database and systems management; it's routing and networking; it's Windows system administration; it's working at a tech help desk; it's development. The field of IT is enormous, but a lot of it is applied. You only really need a college degree for it. Seneca in Toronto, for instance, is a pretty prestigious tech school, and that's all you'd need for a job in one of these fields. There can be a lot of hands on work in an IT career, or it could be a desk job. It's such a wide field that it's really hard to say.

Computer science, on the other hand, is a far more academic field (in theory). It's a lot of mathematics and study of algorithms, a lot of abstractions as opposed to applications. I think you ought to give the field a chance before you say you're not good at it (hard things are hard!), but if you're not interested in a desk job, that's totally understandable. I actually had a development job in the summer, and it was much less bad than I thought it would be.

So it's really up to you to research the fields further, and figure it out on your own. Success to you!
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