Career Options for Software Test Professionals

This is a guest post from author Gunasekaran Veerapillai, Bangalore

Over the last one decade the profile of software tester has undergone tremendous changes. Testing has become show-stopper for several application/product implementations and business has realized the importance of structured testing of applications before release.

Testing has created several levels and types and specialization in these various types of testing has increased the intrinsic value of a software tester. From being a

monotonous test case executor, several career options have evolved in front of the testing community. The following diagram depicts the various options available to a software tester.

Career options for software test professionals:

Software testing career options

Of late, testing is looked after as a good professional career for many of the aspiring youths. As mentioned above, from being test engineer one can move to senior test engineer, test lead to test manager; else can become QA lead, QA Manager. The options available in the testing tools side are enormous. There are numbers of functional, performance, security testing tools besides test management tools like Quality Center from HP, CQTM from IBM etc.,

The demand for niche skills like SOA testers, Security testers are on the increase. There is a dearth of skills in test automation areas – scripting skills in the tools languages like VB, Java and other scripting languages like Perl, Shell, Python etc., Technical resources with capabilities to evaluate automation tools, create automation framework and reusable components are on demand. Always there is demand for good performance testers who can analyze the performance test results, identify the bottlenecks and suggest tuning techniques.

Specialization has come to stay in the testing career – following are some of the key areas where one need to specialize to move ahead in a career path in testing apart from good knowledge in the software lifecycle testing process.

1) Domain Knowledge

– Good knowledge in domain area of the application adds value to the testing professionals. There are ever living domains like BFSI, Telecom, Healthcare, manufacturing, embedded etc. Numbers of certifications are available for each of these areas where the tester can get them certified.

2) Automation Testing Tools Knowledge – There is great demand for automation and performance testers. A good skill on scripting languages of these tools is the basic necessity for succeeding in test automation. Knowledge on creation, validation, and enhancement of test automation framework is very much required.

3) Certifications – QAI, ASQ, ISTQB and several other institutes are offering testing specific certifications. These certifications improve the confidence of the clients on the testing professionals. CQTM, PMP are some managerial certifications, which help the testers to scale up in the professional ladder. Certifications on the testing tools offered by vendors like HP increases the technical competency of the individual.

4) Niche areas in Testing – Experts predict that the niche areas like SOA testing, Security testing are gaining momentum in the testing space. Many tools are emerging in these areas. As testing professionals, we should be aware of where the industry is heading and update our knowledge in those areas.

Knowledge updating is a continuous process. Several websites like stickyminds, QAForums offer excellent insight into various facets of the testing arena. I always request my team members to spend at least two hours in a week in these selected websites to update themselves to the current happenings and events.

As the saying goes “you need to run continuously to keep yourself in the same place”, as testing professionals we should always work towards sharpening our testing skills to succeed in this competitive environment.

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180 thoughts on “Career Options for Software Test Professionals”

  1. Hi..I’m chetan from bangalore.I have done MCA and i know core PHP. And i want to do some other course to get a good Job. But my problem is my programming skill is not so good.So please advice me those courses in which i can give my 100%

  2. what knowledge i should have to become software tester,
    which languages should i know ,
    tell me about requirments for software tester.

  3. Dear ALL.
    I got message from all from different back ground with diff exeperince levels. Many of them having tesitng experince. Many of them having many doubts. As per my understanding in testing if u r very strong in english written and verbal communication they can grow like any thing. Apart from that if some one is specialized in any toll then they can demand good salary for that. Otherwise only in manual testing exp it will not create big difference with yr of experiences.

  4. Hello,
    Can any one please give me a fair suggestion and scope of software testing as a career option.Currently i am working as a QA for payment module and testing the admin as well using cyber source. Please suggest me if i can enhance ma career by pursuing any extra course which will add up in my career.

    Awaiting for a reply

  5. Hi,
    I am a graduate looking to make a career i Software Testing.
    Please suggest me the way that I can become a Software Tester.
    Currently i am working in an IT company for the last 6 months.
    Is there any possibility that i can get job in the desired field???
    Suggest me What to do??

  6. Hi ,

    Please help me out my brother has done his MBA in marketing and finance. If he wants to pursue his career in QA testing then please let me know that whether its going to help him out.

  7. Hi everyone,
    I am presently on training for testing profile and have an option to choose between database testing and automation testing. As coding part is concerned I am not that too good. So please any one who have good knowledge provide me a some suggestion on what should i opt as my career option.

  8. I am just copleted in ece. Now i want to go.on it field. Desid to in software testing. To learn sw testing ,any other progg language need to to learn?

  9. I need serious guidance.
    Am a software tester (manual) for 5 years.Have ISTQB certifications(Test analyst).I dont see much of a future in my career unless i develop some new skillsets(automation/Database testing).
    Need to discuss with someone who could guide me through….

  10. Hi…I am into functional testing for more than 5 years. Now i got into Performance Testing. Is it a good idea or do i need to continue as functional tester only? I am in a great dilemma. Please help me…

  11. Hi, I was working as a lecturer 3years back….I resigned my job after marriage, so 3years break….so now I would like to start my carrier in software ……particularly in software testing…..till now I don’t have any expreience in IT….my qualification is MSC information technology… I m 2009 passed out..
    Anyone plz help me…if I do course in manual testing and any tool like sellinium,or informatica…. Is it possible to get place …..or am I wasting my time….

  12. Hlo
    I’m kartikesh kumar having knowledge of java I want to learn Software testing.
    So I want to know that What is the scope of software testing.

  13. Hi..

    I just want to know that to have a software testing course, is it compulsory that one should have a background of engineering or anybody can do it?? Please answer.

  14. This is the exact question that arises in the Software tester’s mind. While, persuing any of the web field this becomes a question of worry that Is it a good career option that we are persuing?. Your blog helped me alot. Thanks!


  16. Nice discussion on testing … I have 10 + yrs exp in both Manual and Automation testing. I don’t see great career in testing after 10 yrs though I’m working as a Test Manager. As per current trend, anyone can survive for max 10 yrs in test career even with sound automation knowledge. This doesn’t mean testing is having low priority, rather it means corporate world don’t want experienced candidates. Any Test Lead can play Test Manger’s role in half of the test manager’s salary … or a resource having testing exp of 3 -4 yrs can do test lead’s job … and if we refer to latest trend of DevOps … there is no concept of test manager, Test lead and test automation is expected from developers … So, remaining testing team need to do minimal manual/exploratory testing for which organization don’t need testers with 10+ yrs exp… choose your career wisely .. do some research before starting career .. think of next 5 yrs now .. I am not pessimistic … however just want to highlight current market situation and latest trends … All the best !!!

  17. Hi i am sraban kumar naik from odisha . i will complite my O level under NILET .can i join for software testing course . i have good knowledge about software use and installization skill. please help me

  18. Hi , I am working as a senior Test Engineer. I want to upgrade myself. I am confused to choose the tools (selenium or UI path) of shall I learn Data science. Please suggest.


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