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Difference between Computer engineering and Information technology in deep

Is this possible for a computer engineer to do all the stuffs that IT engineer can do ? In my mind im considering that computer engineer can do many stuffs that IT engineer can't..isn't it? Whoever is reading this post just give me a quick reply.. #engineer #computer #it #expert

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Seth Daniel’s Answer

This will vary from school to school, so READ THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES for majors like 'computer engineering', 'software engineering', 'management information systems' and the like very carefully. I worked as a career counselor at a college with large IT, Computer Science and Information Systems majors, and at our school the general breakdown was that Computer Engineering = Hardware, Computer Science/Software Engineering = Programming, Information Systems/IT = Technology Management. That said, you can use elective units outside of your major, or use a minor, to fill in any blanks in your background.


Seek out the help of an adviser in the academic department where those majors are located, and they can provide details on exactly what kinds of jobs graduates can compete for in each major. Unfortunately, the names used for majors in technology vary so much that you need to get into the nitty gritty course content for each one to determine what interests you the most.

Thank you comment icon Thanks for your guidance, Sir Rohan
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Luis Mario’s Answer

Hi Rohan,

I had a similar question in the past, I even considered that IT was quite easy and it was not something worth to study. I was wrong.

I have been working on IT industry now for 6 years and in my opinion it all depends on the education path you take.

It is true that you will find some things in common, both IT engineer and Computer engineer will know the architecture of a computer, will understand of bits and bytes and even to some point they will have some coding skills, however think about this like a doctor, a M.D. will know about diseases, causes, symptoms, etc. but the knowledge they have about this is somewhat "general".

A cardiologist will have more knowledge and will be able to treat some diseases that require a great knowledge of the heart, circulatory system, etc meanwhile an M.D. will know about what the cardiologist is talking about but because of his lack of knowledge on the details of this, he will not be able to diagnose at the same level.

In that way, an IT engineer will know more about how to send information over the network, how to transmit information from point A or B while SW engineer will know more about how to build the applications. One complements the other but still have some common background.
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Viswa’s Answer

Rohan, here is a quick comparison as you asked.

Computer engineering - as the name suggest, revolves around how computers are engineered. This includes things like computer architecture, instruction sets, compilers, computer networking etc. The focus is how to make computers work

Information technology - as the name suggest, revolves around how the information is organized / processed / persisted & controlled. This includes things like programming languages, design patters, cryptography, cloud computing etc. The focus is how to make data work for you

In Indian engineering colleges, the curriculum is organized such that, the first year, all students irrespective the department would learn all engineering basics. Second year gets into deep dive of selected department. Third year gets into advance topics and Final year provides an opportunity to put your skills to test to solve some real world problems based on the things you learnt on previous 3 years.

So even if you take computer engineering or IT, you will learn lot of things around computers & information processing. The only thing you need to keep in mind where is your heart at... is it around how computers work or is it around how data works...
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