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What degrees can you get that get you a job programming?

I see that the main thing you need to get hired as a computer programmer is a bachelors degree of some sort. I've seen that the main one you want is a degree in computer and information technology but what other degrees can apply?

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Sergio’s Answer

Hi Colton,

This is a great question. Typically most people would get a degree in Computer Science. Computer Science would teach you the fundamentals- the theory behind how computers are designed logically, how operating systems work, and of course, introduce you to programming.

There are variations of this type of degree. Some like to blend the hardware aspect of computers, which most universities usually have a route for as a form of a Computer Engineering degree. It is also very common for people to get a degree in Electrical Engineering and go on to become programmers, as a lot of undergraduate courses for Electrical Engineering also teach programming.

If you wish to pursue a job as a programmer though (software engineer, software developer, software development engineer, these are all similar), any IT or engineering degree is fine. Companies don't place too much of an emphasis on your degree. They like to see that you have an aptitude for problem solving and proficiency with programming languages and tools.

Anyone can learn programming languages and software tools if you have access to the internet. So aside from the courses you take in school, its crucial to get involved in hobbies or projects that sharpen your programming skills. Recruiters love to see personal projects because its a great showcase of what you can do. It would set you apart from others, especially in the beginning of your career when everyone is starting off with the same qualifications as you.

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Programming varies a lot depending on the platform. I would suggest you research different industries to help you decide what degree to pursue. For example, if you are thinking about programming mobile apps or video games, Computer Science would be more fitting. However, if you like IT, maybe a Computer Information Systems degree would be a more appropriate route.
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Balamurugan’s Answer

If you want to be a programmer then a degree in Computer Science is most suitable. You can do Computer Information Systems and similar degrees. In addition to a degree, I would do take additional classes on programming/frameworks on online training systems like Udemy and others

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Sherin’s Answer

Computer science mainly, but computer engineering also is a path
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Jaclyn’s Answer

Hi Colton,

Computer science and software engineering would also be pretty popular ones.

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Jaclyn
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