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Careers in software testing

19 June 2014

If you’re considering a career in software testing but are unsure about whether it’s really for you, it’s important to consider not just what the job itself entails, but also the personal and career benefits of the field.

There is currently a high demand for software testers - a demand which shows no sign of slowing down. Due to our reliance on technology, and subsequent need for software, software testers have become an essential part of modern life. Without software testers, software would not be able to progress or even exist, and with new technologies being invented and created every day, it seems there will never be a time when software testers are not required. However, despite this overwhelming demand for software testers, it is important to remember that the field is still relatively new. The profession as we know it today has only existed for a few decades meaning there is little competition for roles - a huge advantage for some. It allows testers a little more flexibility over which job they take and makes finding a position a lot easier.

Software testers also receive an attractive salary, with the average tester earning somewhere in the region of £25,000, with plenty of opportunities for development. Potential careers after a number of years in software testing include software engineering, project management and director roles, all of which have multiple benefits of their own. Because the field is so new, there is also a degree of flexibility in where the job can take you - precedents are still being set and there are few limits as to what you can do with a software testing qualification or experience in the field.

Of course, there are also personal benefits to going into the field of software testing - particularly for those with an interest in technology, as it allows you to build on skills, talents and hobbies that you already have. Firstly, software testers are constantly exposed to the latest technology and software, and often get the opportunity to analyse new software applications before anyone else. You will get the chance to shape new software and directly influence its development before it hits the shelves. Secondly, if there is an area of technology which particularly interests you, software testing gives you the opportunity to specialise in that field. Specialised software testing is growing in popularity, as testers can market themselves to specific brands or sectors as an expert in testing in that particular field. Not only does this allow you to channel your passions, but many manufacturers are also willing to pay more for a more specialised skill set. Finally, software testing allows you to make valuable connections within the field of technology, which can be useful in both your personal and professional life.

If software testing sounds like the career for you, contact Total Training Solutions today. We have a number of qualifications in software testing available at all levels, from Foundation to Advanced - including our brand new two day course. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com. You can also view our full range of courses through our course directory.

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