## Comment: Consider Engineering (Score 1) 380

`A lot of what has been said about IT vs CS is true, but the spectrum of computing`

is larger than just what those two cover.

Like others have said, the main question is "what do you want to do?", not "what tools

do you want to use?". Then choose a degree on point.

IT for sysadmin, etc

CS for computing systems (compilers, RDBMS, schedulers, etc)

Traditional engineering degrees for engineering research or problem solving (like where

I work which prefers EEs, AEs, MEs over CSs or ITs).

A math major is probably the best jack-of-all-trades degree for the person who just

does not know yet what they want to do.

To abstract a bit, I'd break down the most used basics into the triumvirate of

problem-solving, math, and tools. Engineering formally covers problem-solving and

pre-reqs the math, and tools are easy (relatively) to pick up. This is why we prefer

to hire engineers. In this view, CS is applied math, like engineering, but without

the formal problem-solving. However, the CS applied math subset is often more on-point

for lots of things computing. Math covers the largest subset of math, and can be very

powerful in the long run due to that.

problem-solving math tools

engineering primary applied secondary

CS secondary applied applied

IT secondary secondary primary

math secondary primary secondary

My bias is clearly not towards IT since I have engineering, CS, and math degrees, but no

IT degree. If I had to choose only one of those degrees to build a career upon

it would be the engineering degree...but that suits my taste.

is larger than just what those two cover.

Like others have said, the main question is "what do you want to do?", not "what tools

do you want to use?". Then choose a degree on point.

IT for sysadmin, etc

CS for computing systems (compilers, RDBMS, schedulers, etc)

Traditional engineering degrees for engineering research or problem solving (like where

I work which prefers EEs, AEs, MEs over CSs or ITs).

A math major is probably the best jack-of-all-trades degree for the person who just

does not know yet what they want to do.

To abstract a bit, I'd break down the most used basics into the triumvirate of

problem-solving, math, and tools. Engineering formally covers problem-solving and

pre-reqs the math, and tools are easy (relatively) to pick up. This is why we prefer

to hire engineers. In this view, CS is applied math, like engineering, but without

the formal problem-solving. However, the CS applied math subset is often more on-point

for lots of things computing. Math covers the largest subset of math, and can be very

powerful in the long run due to that.

problem-solving math tools

engineering primary applied secondary

CS secondary applied applied

IT secondary secondary primary

math secondary primary secondary

My bias is clearly not towards IT since I have engineering, CS, and math degrees, but no

IT degree. If I had to choose only one of those degrees to build a career upon

it would be the engineering degree...but that suits my taste.