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Is “software testing” a good career option?

Career ChoiceIs “software testing” a good career option? What is its scope in IT industry? A question asked by one of my student who recently completed her education.

It’s very obvious that when someone wants to try new thing then the person would come up with questions. Like if you want to marry then you may ask questions like ‘whether is it a good option or right time or not?’ you may not get satisfying answers from anyone because they will be sharing their own experiences and different perspective about it.

You being a wise person I would recommend to search for answers within you. First understand what your interest is. If you do not come to any conclusion that’s ok because very few can find their interest so easily. You need to try some career options then only you will come to know what your passion is.

I being a trainer, would like to share few aspects of testing career. Assuming that you already decided to be a tester and my view points would add some value. I am not here to advise anyone on their career path. People can make decisions even without advice. And keep one thing in mind that whatever decision you make, thing that matters most is how to make it right and that’s in your hand.

Another thing which I experienced is the quality of being a student. This quality of human to stay student forever would help her grow in any field. So ask yourself ‘How good are you as a student?’

Though your teacher (I think teacher can be anything or a person who gives some meaningful lessons) is great, she has high regards in that field but what is a point if student is not willing to learn. What is a point if student does not want to try those lessons?  That’s where you may find it tough when it comes to demonstration or performing what you learned. You can make your career life easy by learning and practically implementing those lessons.

Anyways hopefully these points would help you to make your decision more firm rather than getting disappointed with this option. Do not worry what world says negative about software testing. You take good things and throw rest because that does not help to grow anyway.

Grow intellectually

I agree with you that in any field you would grow intellectually if you would show willingness to learn. Similarly software testing has huge scope to learn intellectually because your mind gets involved in many test ideas, bugs and bug reports.

Learn how to be creative

To find bugs you need to be creative. You need to come up with Ideas which would help you to find bugs. Because bugs are not so easy to find.

Learn to form your own judgement

I have seen people including me they would accept someone’s statement as it is without even bothering about the truth behind that statement. I stopped it because testing taught me that it’s quite harmful.

Wise in your thoughts

When you learn how to find bugs and how you need to convince stakeholders that this would impact customer or their business then you would start getting real business sense and customers. You would soon find yourself learning customer’s business and get involved in it.

Improve your skills

As tester would need communication, observation, judgement, analytical, problem solving and questioning skills. Testing would help you to improve your skills and that becomes your asset for your career.

Form good habits

Human is bundle of habits. I know it’s quite tough to form a new habit because it requires lot of practice. When you would start taking interest in this field you will learn that you need to read books, articles and blogs. You make a habit of reading which is good because that would help to learn testing better way. Try to be with like-minded people because you also want to share your thoughts and listen to theirs. You want to be a part of testing contests because you are also confident to solve them.

Creator

The time would come in your career where you would stop using anyone’s testing methodology and you would create your own. Every new project you would find an opportunity to create new methodology. Isn’t it great?

Start accepting challenges

We realize that this generation is completely digital and every minute technology is changing. When you would start learning new domain, technologies and test techniques then this kind of attitude would help you to survive in this ever changing digital generation.


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Savita Munde

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She is a Tester by profession. Works on various freelance QA projects. And she is twin's mom.
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29 thoughts on “Is “software testing” a good career option?

  1. Chris K says:

    What if someone hadn’t already decided to become a tester, what would you say then? How would you coach them?

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    • savita says:

      I may not choose to coach her unless and until she decides. If any person would come to me then I would tell them the advantages & disadvantages of Software Testing field. I would try to give examples so that she can relate her future in software testing field. Unless and until that person would get convinced with career option as a Software Testing till then I would not coach anyone. If I decided to be in software testing then it’s because of my choice. I have seen that accidental career may not turn bring to everyone.

      And it’s not about software testing. I can say that in every field if it’s not your choice then you stop growing in that career.

      The best part of testing is that I can demonstrate testing to fresh graduate like a magic, she may like it 🙂

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      • manish says:

        please guide me

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        • admin says:

          Hello Manish,

          Could you please tell me how can I help you?

          Reply
  2. Atul says:

    Very nice blog for those who are thinking to start their career in software testing.

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    • hemant yadav says:

      give me suggetion regarding about the softwere testing . Is any scope in Softwere testing

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  3. sm says:

    quite an informative post indeed!

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  4. Swati says:

    If I choose testing field, then would I be drifted away from the technical field?
    I am interested in coding (C, ASP.Net) also.
    Please help me.

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  5. Neil Anderssion says:

    I think if a person work as developer for 2 years then he opt testing as career then it will better for him , as he can understand programming logic easily and will find out more logical and functional problems in the application and also he will able to learn automation tools more smoothly.

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  6. Shravanthy says:

    Hi, I have now been assigned testing as my stream. I am not convinced abt d role of tester though I m completely not interested in coding part. please give me an idea abt the teser’s role, the growth in this path…

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  7. sanjeev kumar says:

    Hi, i have on GUI testing knowledge, please tell me about role of domain in testing, More person told me that testing use only high lavel company is this ture.?

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    • admin says:

      Please refer work by Cem Kaner on Domain testing. Here is one of the link which would help you to understand domain testing.

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  8. anuanubha says:

    hello, i got placed in aon hewitt as a software tester…bt i am little bit confused as i heard from my friends that one u join as a tester u can never become a software developer. please guide me as i am very much excited about the job bt dont want to loose any future opportunity as software developer..

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  9. sandesh bangera says:

    hi i have just graduated(Bsc IT).I am a fresher and i have made up my mind to pursue testing as a career option as im not interested in coding.So,i want to know the maximum scope in testing n the max salary one could get at the highest post.. basically how much is the growth ?

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  10. monica says:

    hi,
    i just required ull help as i have completed my diploma in software testing and im not graduate as well so how difficult it will be for me to come into this industry? bcz sum ppl told me to do istqb certification & to learn automation but sum ppl says dont do anything bcz i wont fit in criteria. and my background is from hotel industry… so confused what to do further as i dont wana backout.. i really wana give a chance to myself in this…. thanks

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  11. vicky says:

    i have choosed testing as my career but i dont know anything about c,c++ java and all.is that okay

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  12. Soujanya says:

    Hii…i have done MSc(CS) in 2009.then after i got married so i could not work any more.Now i am ready to work,but i dont have any programming skills.Am planning to take course on testing and start my career.if i start with testing, will i get a job after these many years even as a fresher..Please reply and help me..

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  13. nik says:

    Hi,

    I have jus completed my B.E in Computer. I am bit confused about my carrer . Whether I shud go for Testing or Networkin ?

    Does Testing requires any knowledge about programming languages (Coding) ??

    Plz do rply and try to help me to start and explore my carrer.

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  14. ajinkya says:

    IF I BECAME A SOFTWARE TESTER… LL IT B POSSIBLE FOR ME TO RETURN TO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT…. ALSO TELL ME GOOD SOFTWARE TESTING INSTITUTES IN MUMBAI… PREFERABLY IN THANE… MULUND AND NAVI MUMBAI

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  15. jaganath says:

    hello sir dis is jaganath,i will complete my mca in 2015,sir i am in big confusion that what field i would go for either in development ya testing,although m nt good in coding…please suggest me the right path..i am totally fresher

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  16. viraat says:

    i want to become a software testine engg please guide me

     

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  17. viraat says:

    i want to become a software testine engg please guide me what are the required sofwares or skills i need to have and iam a mechanical engg

     

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  18. Ajitesh Yadav says:

    Tell me about software testing….

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  19. Sathya says:

    I am a computer science graduate(2003) and have no experience in IT field. I am a teacher right now, and wish to change my career track. My husband being an IT professional suggested i do testing courses and could pursue s/w testing roles.  i would like to know the prospect of the field for a fresher like me.

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  20. Supriya says:

    Hi

    I completed my software testing course from iMeans Infotech Bhopal and also enjoying working in this field.Also,it pays well.

     

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  21. vinay says:

    hi, myself vinay & information science student , i’m looking forward to learn software testing .but ‘m confused whether to go with testing or netwaorking……?

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  22. Abhay says:

    hello sir dis is abhay will complete my mca
    in 2016,sir i am in big confusion that what field
    i would go for either in development ya
    testing,although m nt good in coding…please
    suggest me the right path..i am totally fresher

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  23. prashant shinde says:

    hi ,
    I am working in MNC as software devloper is it possible to get me job in software testing.

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  24. chandan says:

    hi sir

    i m pursuing bsc math and did course of C AND C++

    I WANT GO FOR TECHNICAL LINE SO PLS HELP ME WHERE SHOULD I GO

    I LISTEN ABOUT ANDROID AND SOFTWARE TESTING

    BUT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT ARE THESE COURSES

    IS IT LIKE AS JAVE EI BETTER THAN JAVA

    AND ANY PLS SUGGEST FOR BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ME WT SHOULD I DO FOR BEST FUTURE

    Reply

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