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The Ups and Downs of a Software Testing Career

If you want to be a software tester, that’s great, but keep in mind that this career is not for everyone.  Here’s a rundown of some of the things to consider when evaluating the field of software testing as a career choice. 

What is a Software Tester?

Software testers evaluate software to find defects.  This process involves running an application or program, and using various techniques to reveal the glitches. The overarching objectives are to make sure the program works properly, and to ensure that all the business and technical requirements have been met. 

The testing process encompasses steps around planning and control, analysis and design, implementation and execution, and evaluation of entry / exit criteria. In terms of how it fits into the overall project timetable, the testing effort comes after the development of the business requirements, functional specifications, and the software code itself. 

Pros of a Career in Software Testing

  • The demand for good software testers will never wane.
  • Software testing has a well-defined career path.
  • It provides transferable skills for other career paths.
  • No two projects are the same, so there is some variety in the workload.
  • The industry has certifications you can leverage to accelerate your career progression (specifically ISEB & ISTQB certifications, beginning with the ISTQB Foundation level).

Cons of a Career in Software Testing

  • Testing can sometimes be tedious and repetitive.
  • You will face stress and tight deadlines every day
  • Despite its unquestioned necessity, some corporate areas look down upon the software testing function. 
  • Testing can be a slippery slope; deciding where to stop can be a challenge. 


A career in software testing is not for everyone.  If you are not naturally curious, or if you do not like to involve yourself in tactical details, then software testing is not the career for you.  But if you are analytical, enjoy solving problems, and are inherently pessimistic then it is something you should look into.


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