IT Certifications or CompSci Degree?

Do employers look more for certifications in the IT field or do they instead/also expect, at minimum, a Bachelor’s in Computer Science?

6 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    comp sci degree

  • Kyle
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    computer science gives you a wider range of options within that field.

    IT certifications are good if you're looking for specific jobs within the field, to show you have that knowledge.  networking, security, repairs, etc.

    have you considered the military?  they have a lot of jobs in the IT field.  you will get paid training, and experience towards a specific job.  you only get a certain job if you get qualifying line scores via the ASVAB, if the job is in demand, and other factors needed like security clearance.  but with the training and experience you earn, that is often more than enough for comparable jobs in the civilian world.  then, if you still desire a degree or more certifications in that field, the GI Bill will help pay for it.

    see a recruiter.  find out if you qualify for service.  if you have a high school degree, no major medical issues and no criminal background, no felonies, you should be good to go.  ASVAB is high school level testing, so if you did well there, you'll be fine on that.

    there are IT staffing firms too that specialize jobs in that industry.  so if you can't find work immediately, some companies will just hire contract employees to get certain jobs done, instead of hiring employees full time.  that will at least get you some money and some experience.  

  • 8 months ago

    Most companies, 1st looks for people with a degree in computer science (if the job requires a computer science graduate), but it is mostly an advantage for those with certifications and of course, long job experiences related to the position being posted.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    i would ask those employers these questions

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago


  • 9 months ago

    It depends on the company, their requirements, and the job. If you're wanting to work in computer programming, then a BS in CS or Computer Engineering (or a closely related field) is generally required/preferred.

    If you're wanting to work in a different field of IT, like in tech support, network admin, sysadmin, etc certs can generally help quite a bit. But then again, every company is different in what they require.

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