Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Understanding the Software Tester’s Job

In 2013, the global software testing services market was valued at US$41.84 billion. Estimates have now come in, and according to the Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB), the market’s value will have reached US$70.98 billion by 2018, nearly double the 2013 value. MSTB projects the annual growth rate at an average of 11.15%.

The increasing demand for software quality assurance (SQA) and Internet of Things (IOT) technologies undoubtedly factor into the more than favorable projections for the software testing market. As companies grow more wary of new technologies and their incorporation into existing services, the need to test software on multiple devices and environments to ensure their quality will be more urgent than ever.

Now would be a good time to be a tester.

Some may think that a tester’s job is to simply play with apps all day. It would be a mistake to assume this, because a tester’s job is fraught with responsibilities. For instance, if an app fails, the blame would initially fall upon the tester. Testers also need to be business-savvy to adjust their approach on the fly to meet a particular application’s needs and purposes.

A tester’s job is exceptionally diverse, and the field can be quite rewarding personally and financially.

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