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What is the difference between Computer Engineering and Information Technology?

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Learn about the differences between computer engineering and information technology, so that you can make an informed decision for your future.

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Computer Engineering and Information Technology are two of the most popular undergraduate programmes available today. Both disciplines involve designing, creating, and working with computers and information systems. However, there are a few key differences between these two courses that you should know before making a decision.



What is the difference between Computer Engineering & Information Technology?


1. Computer Engineering is the discipline of designing, building and testing computer systems.


2. Information Technology is a field that deals with information processing in computers and related technologies.


3. The primary focus of computer engineers is to design, build and test hardware components for computing devices such as personal computers (PCs), servers, mobile phones, etc., whereas the main focus of IT professionals is on software development or data processing tasks. 


What do students in Information Technology study?


1. Students in the Information Technology programme study the fundamentals of computer science, programming languages, and software engineering.


2. The course includes a variety of topics such as: database management systems, web development and design techniques, operating systems and networking technologies.


3. Students learn how to use these skills in their future careers by learning about current trends that are shaping the industry today.



What are some career options for Information Technology?


The various job profiles for Information Technology are

  • Application Developer

  • Business Analyst

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

  • IT Department Manager

  • Network Administrator

  • Operations Manager

  • Product Developer

  • Product Manager

  • Professor/Teacher

  • Project Manager

  • Researcher

  • Software Development Manager

  • Software Architect

  • Systems Analyst

  • Systems Designer

  • User Experience (UX) Researcher

  • Web Designer

What do students in Computer Engineering study?

1. Computer Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the design, development and application of computers and computer-based systems.


2. It involves designing computer hardware, software, or a combination of both to solve specific problems in computing.

3. The Computer Engineering major has three options: Software Systems Engineer (CSE), Embedded Systems Engineer (ESE) and Networking & Communications Engineer (NCE).



What are some career options for computer science engineering?


The various job profiles for Computer Science Engineering are

  • Software Developer

  • Database Administrator

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Computer Network Architect

  • Web Developer

  • Project Manager

  • Computer Science Blogger

  • Marketing And Sales

  • Tech Support and Repair



If you're ever in a quandary about which degree to pursue- Computer Engineering or Information Technology- think carefully about what you're interested in, what your talents and passions are, and what your long-term professional and financial goals are. By considering all of these things when making your choice, you'll be well on your way to securing a successful career in the engineering field.


We, at Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, offer comprehensive education in both Computer Engineering and Information Technology, so that our students can build successful careers in these fields. 


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