Software Testing as a career

By Whyttest Team 4 years ago2 Comments

If you enjoy finding hidden bugs in the system that might occur under special conditions and cause strong impact on the system, you could be suited for a career in Software Testing.

As a software tester, you are involved in the quality assurance stage of software development and deployment and many times from the first phase of the development life cycle.


Software Testing is a process of verifying a computer system/program in order to decide whether it meets the specified requirements and produces the desired results. As a result, you identify bugs in a software product/project.



One of the most important goals of testing is obtaining a clear image on quality and risk, in such a way that all the parties involved gain confidence in the product. To be able to do this, a tester has to gather information on system behavior. One of the main tools in gathering information is the execution of test cases. The results of these cases give information of the system behavior.



The following skills are essential to becoming a good software tester. Compare your skill set against the following checklist to determine whether Software Testing is an option for you:

Analytical skills: A good software tester should have sharp analytical skills. Analytical skills will help break up a complex software system into smaller units to gain a better understanding and create test cases.

Communication skill: A good software tester must have good verbal and written communication skills. Testing artifacts (like test cases/plans, test strategies, bug reports, etc.) created by the software tester should be easy to read and comprehend. Dealing with developers (in the event of bugs or any other issue) will require a shade of discreetness and diplomacy.

Time management & organizational skills: Testing at times can be a demanding job, especially during the release of the code. A software tester must efficiently manage workload, be efficient: exhibit optimal time management, and organizational skills.

Great attitude: To be a good software tester you must have a great attitude. An attitude to ‘test to break’, detail orientation, willingness to learn and suggest process improvements. In the software industry, technologies evolve with an overwhelming speed, and a good software tester should upgrade his/her technical skills with the changing technologies. Your attitude must reflect a certain degree of independence where you take ownership of the task allocated and complete it without much direct supervision.

Passion: To excel in any profession or job, one must have a significant degree of passion for it. This field is no different.

And technical skills: Basic knowledge of Databases/SQL is a must: Software Systems have a large amount of data in the background. This data is stored in different types of databases like Oracle, MySQL, etc. in the back-end. So, there will be situations when this data needs to be validated. In the back-end we have more to deal with, like: Web-Services and/or Application Servers.

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of automation tools, like: Selenium, HP UFT / QTP and many more…
  • Knowledge of any programming/scripting language will be a plus point: knowledge of JavaScript, C#, Java. Few companies also use Shell/Perl scripting, and there is a lot of demand for testers having knowledge of the same. Again, it will depend on the company and which tools are used by the company.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of a Test Management Tool: Test Management is an important aspect of Software Testing. Without proper test management techniques, the software testing process will fail. Test management is nothing but managing your testing artifacts. For example – tools like: TestlinkTestRail can be used for tracking all the test cases written by your team.


On any typical workday, you will be busy understanding requirements documents, creating test cases, executing test cases, reporting and re-testing bugs, attending review meetings and other team building activities.

Please note that you do not need all the technical skills.

At Whyttest, we are more than happy to help you boost your career progression as a software tester.

Join us and find more…

Alexandru Zaharia
Software Testing Manager @ Whyttest
  People, Testing
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