Advancements in technology and the increasing adoption of software applications across consumer and business markets has placed a great emphasis on the importance of software testing. As a result, the software testing industry is growing at a rapid rate, and with it the number of individuals who are pursuing careers as software testers has soared.
With so many software testing professionals on the market, the need to stand out from the crowd is higher than ever. To succeed in such a competitive field, a range of qualities and skills is needed, however some of these are more important than others. Here are our top 3 skills that software testers need to succeed:
The ability to think analytically
Being able to think analytically is integral to the success of any software testing professional. It can make the difference between an average tester and a great one. Software testing involves identifying hidden errors and that process usually includes tackling unfamiliar problems in any given scenario; something that is only effective with a strong analytical mindset. Testers who are able to think analytically and outside of the box are an asset to any testing or development team, and are therefore more likely to succeed.
The desire to learn
When it comes to the world of technology, knowledge is power. With new technologies, approaches, tools and techniques coming to the forefront, software testing professionals must continually enhance their knowledge and capabilities. A strong desire to learn is therefore imperative for success as a software tester. Not only will it help with career progression and technical skills development, but it will instill a positive learning attitude that can only result in prosperity.
Software testers are not always expected to be domain experts. They are however expected to understand the basic principles of a particular application or software. A strong knowledge of the domain of these applications and software will help a tester better identify the potential defects a user could face, therefore helping them to test more efficiently. Ultimately, a tester with an in-depth knowledge of a particular domain is likely to better understand its complexities and challenges, and is therefore likely to perform better than a tester with limited domain knowledge.
There are many more skills that we could list here, such as effective communication, the ability to manage time, accountability and programming, but the above skills are the ones which we believe will give software testers the greatest edge over their competitors. What do you think? Leave your comments below.