Software Tester – Job Description
Software testers are vital in an industry which includes the mantra that software is only as good as its testers.
So, if you fancy working out as many ways to break a product as possible, then a job as a software tester is for you. You’ll work on any number of different scenarios, all designed to test the software to its limits and all aimed at producing the best, bug-free product possible.
Software testers have a natural curiosity, a real technical understanding of software and how it’s developed, good written and oral skills and an ability to work to deadlines that are almost always commercial and rarely scientific.
Testing courses are few and far between – most testers use previous software development as a way in. Work experience and a relevant computing degree are typical entry-level requirements, and employers will want to see knowledge of programming languages and platforms.
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Association for Software Testing (AST)
An organisation dedicated to promoting and advancing the world of software testing through support, a knowledge exchange community and some courses relating to aspects of testing to help you keep your skills fresh and up-to-date.
British Computer Society (BCS)
Offering a chartered status for IT professionals, the BCS provides a number of qualifications towards continuing professional development. They also strongly support exchange of knowledge and expertise, and membership can get you access to this community of information. They also run a specialist group for software testers.
Institute of Analysts and Programmers
An organisation for those involved in the testing of software and computer systems. Membership gets you access to an enterprising network of professionals, a number of professional services and advice and if you’re a consultant, or considering becoming one, your name goes on their register of consultants which can direct clients to you.
The UK Sector Skills Council for IT, connecting you with the training and qualifications you need to get ahead in the industry.
National Skills Academy for IT
A portal to short and long courses, apprenticeship schemes and information about careers, standards and systems. Great for figuring out if software testing is the job for you and how you can get there.
A blog resource covering the world of software testing from mobile apps through to security systems.