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In this week’s edition, let’s explore a career in software testing

From the look and sound of it, a career in software testing might seem a little less glamorous or exciting compared to the glorified life of coders and developers. Trust us – it’s not.

The developer can create a masterpiece of software, but even perfection has flaws, and this is where the software tester‘s objective eye is most needed.

If you enjoy a challenge, enjoy piecing together a puzzle, unraveling mysteries, are curious by nature and have a knack for spotting missing links and anomalies, then software testing is for you. It’s a career that requires you to be an unbiased evaluator, an effective communicator, have strong analytical and judgment skills, and technical skills. Read on to learn more about a flourishing career in this field.

Software testing is the process by which quality assurance (QA) teams, also known as testers, work in collaboration with software developers to reinforce the quality of software applications with good assurance practices and identify software defects. . The QA team is responsible for ensuring that the software functions properly according to business requirements. Once quality assurance teams have approved a piece of software, it is released to market. The primary goal of software testing is to ensure scalable, reliable, and high-quality software that meets business requirements and customer expectations.

Software developers and testers play an important role in creating quality products for companies in all sectors of the IT industry. While the developers work on developing the software code, the software tester tests the software for bugs, if any. Only after the tester has certified the quality of the product will it be released to the market. Therefore, developers and testers play an equally important role in the development of software products and the release of quality products.

Software testing is becoming increasingly automated with the infusion of latest technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, RPA (Robotic Process Automation), etc. to speed up testing and improve results. Modern testing requires programming skills to automate testing, pairing it with more business-focused execution to achieve the balance between technology and business expertise.

A post-Covid growing industry

The software testing industry is growing at a phenomenal rate after the COVID pandemic. The need for newer and faster digital solutions in the post-Covid world has accelerated the demand for software testing. The new work-from-home culture has also increased the demand for secure and high-quality digital infrastructure, which has further increased the need for software testing professionals in the IT industry.

According to Technavio, the global software testing services market share is expected to grow by $34.49 billion between 2020 and 2025, and the market growth momentum will accelerate at a CAGR of 12%. In February 2022, India was home to 88 unicorns with an overall valuation of $295.99 billion. India is expected to be home to 60,000 to 62,000 start-ups, including more than 150 unicorns, by 2025. High-quality software accompanied by a strong user base are the essentials that start-ups need to attract worthwhile investment or persuade potential buyers. Nearly 87% of unicorns provide software products that require quality assurance. Unicorns have started hiring independent software testing companies and treating them as an equal part of the internal team to prioritize customer experience and have a stronger chance of increasing valuation.

How to become a software tester?

For individuals to become software testing professionals, they must pursue one of the following degrees, but are not limited to a BTech, BE, MCA, BCA or BSc-computers. However, one can become a software tester if he has the basic technical knowledge, a keen sense of analysis, the zeal to learn new concepts related to quality assurance, communication skills and an update of the technological advances.

Also, you can opt for certification courses and get software testing certification like ISTQB and CSTE, which can help you gain knowledge about software development/testing lifecycle and other testing methodologies. and help you become a tester.

The salary package depends on various factors including professional experience, technical knowledge, place of work, etc. However, the average starting salary package for a newer software tester in India is around Rs 3.6-5 LPA. Based on years of QA experience, the salary package varies depending on who has the required skills.

There is immense potential for growth in software testing because someone starting at an entry-level position can move up the corporate ladder with hard work and professional commitment. Typically, the entry level of QA can progress to Junior QA, Senior QA, Team Leader, Lead QA, Senior Lead QA, Test Architect, and many other roles. They can quickly rise to a management position within a few years provided they acquire good testing knowledge and have worked on different projects in different fields.

— Written by Adeesh Jain, Senior Vice President, TestingXperts, a QA and next-generation software testing company

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