If you are reading this, it probably means you or someone you know is interested in becoming a software tester with user experience testing. But what does this job really entail? Before developers release their software product to the public, they need to ensure that it is of high quality. A software tester is someone who assures that a new software has minimal risks or bugs in a certain environment before it is released into the public.
That being said, what does a typical day of a software tester look like? So, let’s pretend you are already a software tester. First, you enter your office and perhaps chat with some colleagues. You will then be assigned a project from the task board in which you will discuss the project – the requirements, what it’s supposed to do, etc. You will then discuss with the product manager so you can prepare a test plan and then you will deploy (which is the entire process of setting up the new software that you will be testing such as installations, configurations, etc.). Once you run the software, you will check for bugs, defects, or any code errors. Assuming that you found an issue with the software, you will then write a detailed bug report and tell the developer of the software. With or without your help, the developer will fix the issues that you have found. During this time, you can either work on another project or write reports. Once the developer has fixed the defects, you will re-test the software and validate that the issues have been fixed. You will then evaluate the product for the acceptance criteria and if it passes the criteria, it can be released to the public. While working on your projects, it is important to give constant feedback when necessary to the developers.
Now that you read the typical day of a software tester and you feel that it is something that you want to pursue, you can apply for junior software testing jobs. If you have absolutely no basic knowledge in software testing (or would like to learn more), you can start by getting a certification in software testing– this is called the ISTQB. By taking the classes to receive the certification, you will learn about software processing, SEO & webdesigns, testing techniques, validation and verification, and much more. With the credentials of ISTQB, it may be easier to find a job in which you can continue to move up in the rank (from junior to more advanced software tester). However, getting the certification is not always required as long as you possess the analytical thinking skills that is necessary in being successful in this position. Another quality you must possess is extremely strong communication skills – both verbal and written as you will be required to communicate with project developers, and write detailed reports.
In this profession, experience is necessary in becoming an advanced software tester. Like any profession, it takes hard work and tons of practice!