Software testing is an examination process executed to provide businesses with information about the quality of the software product. Software testing can also provide an objective, autonomous view of the software to allow the business to gain the knowledge and understand the risks associated with the software implementation. Testing procedures comprises of executing a software application with the intention of finding software bugs and verifying that the software is fit for use and fulfilling customers expectation.
In regard to the different phases and the goals of software testing life cycle, different roles and positions have emerged in the field of software testing, such as test manager, test analyst, test lead, test designer, tester, test administrator and automation developer.
Several certification programs exist to support the professional ambitions of software testers and quality assurance experts. These certifications are
- Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST)
- Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST)
- Certified Software Tester (CSTE)
- iSQI Certified Agile Tester (CAT)
- ISTQB Certified Tester, Advanced Level (CTAL)
- ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL), etc.
The intricacy of software systems and the requirements of customers and users are increasing every day. With the absence of educated test teams, test professionals are unable to perform adequate testing of software systems that control different aspects customer requirements. It has become obvious that testing must be treated as an orderly and controlled process. Test professionals must develop specific techniques and methods by which they can deliver high quality software with confidence. Individuals who want to develop their career in testing must obtain deep understanding of testing procedures and other aspects of testing.
In order to have successful career in software testing an individual need both technical and non-technical skills. Some of the non-technical skills that a tester must have are strong analytical skills, good communication skills, time management & organization skills, GREAT attitude and passion.
You can start your journey to become software tester by learning basic principles of Software Testing. Then, try applying for freelancing jobs which might help you gain practical knowledge and will strengthen the testing concepts you have learned.
Next, you proceed to Selenium as automation tool, then Jemeter as performance testing tool and finally, TestLink as test management tool.
Once you obtain sound knowledge of these tools, you may consider doing an ISTQB certification.