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Career In Software Testing - Myths Busted!

Question asked by Kaustubh Katdare in #Software Testing on Sep 26, 2011
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Sep 26, 2011
Rank A1 - PRO
Lot of IT engineers do not want to opt for a career in software testing aka Quality Engineering. If you ask them a bit about what software testing is, they'd have absolutely no clue. I think lot of IT engineers go with what they hear from someone else and do not care to know the truth on their own. These are some of the common myths that I want to burst -

1. Software testing requires no skills.

- Probably, one of the biggest myths I've come across. The truth is that a software testing engineer has to acquire more skills than most of their peers in development teams. Of course, comparing software testing with software development would be similar to comparing apples to oranges. But the truth is that software testing is a huge field and it takes years to be a testing engineer of high grade. You need to have a thorough domain knowledge, overall system knowledge as well as coding and testing skills to become an expert in software testing.

2. Software testing takes you away from coding

- A big part of software testing involves writing scripts and code. Plus there are several different tools available in the market which have their own coding techniques and types. It often takes years to master these tools and use them effectively. A good testing engineer will be well versed with several scripting and programming languages in addition to software tools.

3. Software testing engineers have very limited growth in IT companies

- A big lie! I personally know several software testing engineers who became project managers and even 'director QA' within a short time in their organizations. Software testing has great career growth provided you're good at what you do.

If you have questions about career in software testing or software testing in general, feel free to ask in this thread :0 Posted in: #Software Testing
shaiiileeee · Jan 27, 2015
hello Sir,
I have recently completed computer engineering and been offered a job in manual testing.I dont have much interest in coding but i wish to go for masters abroad after having an experience of one year in IT field.
So will opting a manual testing job help me for my masters or i should search for a development job before going ?

Please help !
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Jan 27, 2015
Rank A1 - PRO
So will opting a manual testing job help me for my masters or i should search for a development job before going ?
Won't that depend on the kind of stream you wish to enter into for your MS? Typically an year of experience isn't worth much. You will need at least 2-4 years of relevant working experience for it to make a difference.

If you wish to go for masters - choose a job that will give you time to study and prepare for GRE and TOEFL.
Danish shah
Danish shah · Jun 14, 2016
Rank D3 - MASTER
hello sir!
Before a month i got placed in a average scale company .my profile is as QA trainee.
is dis good to start up as a software tester.i m having interest in both testing and development.i m confused regarding future growth.please help me to take a decision as i am a fresher so do not have decision making power ryt now.

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