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Can you become a web developer with an Information Science major?

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I'm interested in getting an IS major but I'm not sure about the jobs you can get out of it (most searches end up as Information Technology or Information Systems). #tech #information-technology #web-development #information-systems #information-science #information-services

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Jessica’s Answer

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Absolutely. I have been a web developer in some of my roles as well. Just develop that skill by taking course work that touches that. I took some coding course work in school along with process development. As I moved into the workforce, I took on the web developer role for our internal group at the time and my background assisted me in understanding how the sites were set up. I kept up with my learning online by researching how sites worked and how to incorporate elements I liked to our own site. You can always build you own site out to get some practice and have something to reference on a resume if you need it. Hope that helps.

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Tony’s Answer

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The great thing about tech is that anyone from any background can find a place to contribute. I earned my BA in literature and masters in Information technology and work as a back end web services developer.


I work with UI developers who have PhD in comparative literature and others with diverse backgrounds.


I believe the important thing is finding ways to align your experiences and knowledge with your future employer's goals.

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Tim’s Answer

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In this industry while college major is key, continuing education will help you with more career specific options. Once you finish a four year University (or even while attending) I would suggest researching certification courses or bootcamps that will train you specifically in your area of interest.

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Renee’s Answer

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With an Information Science degree you could become a Systems Analyst, Information Architect, and an Intelligence Analyst.

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Shilpoo’s Answer

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Information technology is really a field for everyone. Everyone and anyone can make it a career based on their areas of interest and type of industries.. It is not necessary to code always in IT, there are many things one can do to support different aspects of IT and related work such as requirements management, testing, support, analysis.

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PINKAL’s Answer

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Based on my experience working with folks who has completed Information Science major, they end up making a career in content taxonomy/ organization, information architecture, etc. where their expertise in organizing and disseminating information becomes a critical requirement. That said, you might want to check out Linked In for profiles with "Data Science" role. There is a lot of demand for Data Scientists who can work with data collected in datalake and make sense of vast information. See if the college curriculum for Information Science go deep enough into data science.

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Adam’s Answer

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You can become a web developer by practicing and getting jobs right NOW (github, etc.). No degree is needed. Get good, and you can do it on the side on a contract/hourly/per site job until indefinitely.

If you want to do it all day for a large company (i.e., good benefits and long-term steady employment), they will probably want a Bachelor's Degree. You can get a business degree with an emphasis in tech classes (to be around people in the industry!!!) or anything tech related (IT, IS, MIS, etc.).

College IS FOR NETWORKING AND FINDING OUT WHAT YOU'RE GOOD AT. Most people make the mistake of thinking the things they learn in the classses/textbooks are the primary focus. Also, I'm begging you to work part-time and exit college debt-free or nearly debt-free.
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Venkat’s Answer

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If you are passionate about the web development, certainly look forward to get into it
Information sciences will help as core foundation to get into web development. Web development is a dependable & promising area, in the industry. it's needed everywhere!

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Parth’s Answer

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Absolutely, you could become a web developer with an Information Science Degree. External certifications is one path to go, however, I would suggest you to try this first. Choose your electives wisely. I have an information science/systems degree, however, when I was choosing my electives, I chose Algorithms and Java Programming from the computer department, Database Management and Web Design from Information Systems Department, and Business analytics from the Business School.

A combination of all these courses taught me how to code/manage data from a technology perspective and analyse data from a business standpoint. I didn't need any other certifications to be a full stack web developer.

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Yuqi(Donny)’s Answer

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Hi Lliana,

You have tons of choices graduating out of IS Degree. Personally I got a CS minor together with the IS major and that choice better prepares in the programming world. Esp. if you want to try to be a web developer, I would suggest to expand your knowledge beyond IS (which is majorly based on SQL) and learn some other things like HTML, XML, Ruby on Rail, Java etc.

Hope that helps,
Donny
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Sneha’s Answer

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Yes, you can be any role as long as you learn the basics of Information Technology well. The money is in learning the basics and learning them so well that you can apply the basics to any problems in your job. Break down any learning into reusable components and build on them. Learn from a variety of sources to make your understanding as flexible as possible.

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